James Donaldson has agreed a one-year deal with Leeds Rhinos after impressing head coach David Furner during a trial period at the club.

The 27-year-old, who started his career at Bradford after snubbing a contract offer from Leeds in his teens, was released by Hull KR at the end of last season.

However, his career has come full circle and the Wath Brow amateur will now get a chance to play in blue and amber at Headingley throughout the 2019 season.

Speaking on the move, Donaldson told the Rhinos’ website: “I am over the moon to have my contract situation all sorted. It has been a tough few months for myself and my family but to have finally put pen to paper is a massive relief.

“There is no better way for me to start 2019 than to have agreed this new deal with the Rhinos. It is a really big opportunity for myself and I am looking forward to continuing to work hard to earn my spot in the team.”

“My aim from day one has been to try and impress Dave Furner and the rest of the coaching staff here at the Rhinos. I am glad I got the opportunity to come and train with Leeds and, I would like to think that, I have taken that chance with both hands. I am looking forward to kicking on now and I am hoping to prove myself at a top team.”

Donaldson, predominantly a back-rower, made 78 appearances for both Bradford and Hull KR and will now hope to take his career to the next level with the Rhinos.