Leeds Rhinos (18/1 Grand Final Winner) have signed half-back Blake Austin from Warrington Wolves and he will join for the start of the 2022 season.

The move had been mooted for some time and the 30-year-old stand-off will join on a one-year contract.

He has made 62 appearances for the Wire since he moved from NRL side Canberra Raiders.

Austin, who won his first Great Britain caps in 2019 during their southern hemisphere tour, will join up with former Raiders team mate Aidan Sezer, who is moving across West Yorkshire from Huddersfield.

The Rhinos are rebuilding their half-back ranks with the departure of Luke Gale looking likely after he was stripped of the captaincy last month.

“We see plenty of adaptability and versatility,” boss Richard Agar said.

“Throughout our discussions about our vision for his role within our squad, I have been impressed with his ambition and willingness to play his part for the team and I am looking forward to seeing him in our environment.”

The Rhinos face Castleford Tigers on Friday at Headingley and are looking to keep up their play off charge.

Austin’s soon-to-be-former employers Warrington (10/3 Grand Final Winner) are in action on Sunday at home to Hull FC and are seeking their third straight Betfred Super League win.

However, the big game of the weekend undoubtedly comes from the Totally Wicked Stadium as second-place St Helens (7/4 Grand Final Winner) host top dogs Catalans Dragons (5/2).

The Saints, who won the Betfred Challenge Cup final against Castleford last month, have not been beaten in the Super League since being on the wrong end of a narrow 6-2 loss against Warrington in mid-June.

However, they will have a tough task against Steve McNamara’s Dragons on Saturday.

The Perpignan side won a phenomenal 12th straight game on Monday evening as they overcame Hull KR at Craven Park.

They defeated St Helens 20-16 at home in the reverse fixture earlier this season and will surely fancy their chances of success again.

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