Rising star Jordan Baldwinson has re-joined Leeds Rhinos on a two year contract and is set to make his first appearance back in blue and amber in next Friday’s prestigious clash with New Zealand at Headingley Carnegie.

Baldwinson, 21, originally emerged through the academy ranks at the Rhinos to make his Super League debut in 2013. At the end of that season he moved to the New Zealand Warriors in the NRL before returning to Super League with a loan spell at Bradford Bulls in 2014. This season he joined Featherstone Rovers on a one year deal and was named the Kingstone Press Championship Young Player of the Year with an impressive run of form that saw him play 32 times for Rovers, helping them to victory in the Championship Shield.Rhinos Head Coach Brian McDermott commented, “We are looking forward to having Jordan back in our fold. He took the opportunity to go to Featherstone last season and prove himself in the Championship and he certainly did that. We have got a lot of competition in our front row next season with Adam Cuthbertson and Brad Singleton establishing themselves this season, Keith Galloway, Anthony Mullalley and Jordan coming in and Jamie Jones-Buchanan having a leadership role in the middle of the field. Jordan will be begin training with us next week and he will be in contention for the New Zealand game.”

The former England Academy international says he is delighted to be back at the Rhinos. He added, “I am really pleased to be back at Leeds and I am really looking forward to coming back in for pre-season training. Hopefully, if I work hard enough, I can impress Brian and get into his 25-man squad for next season but I know how tough the competition is at the Rhinos for those shirts.

“Dropping out of Super League last season really spurred me on and I am so grateful to Featherstone Rovers for giving me the opportunity to play regularly last season. I was humbled to win the Championship Young Player of the Year and I owe a real debt of thanks to Rovers and their fans for making me feel so at home at the Big Fellas Stadium. I know I am still along way from achieving what I want to achieve but I have taken a lot of confidence from this season.

“It was a huge experience for me to go to New Zealand and play for the Warriors and I think I am a better player and person for that experience. I know I need to keep working hard, going to Featherstone was a big challenge for me because I have only just turned 21. However, I feel as a prop I am now reading the game better and know the standards that are expected of me.

“It would be great to be involved against the Kiwis especially as there are a few lads in their squad who I know from my time in the Warriors U20s. They are a hugely talented squad and rightfully now are the number one team in the world. It would be brilliant to be able to play in the game, especially in front of the Leeds fans and would round off the season for me personally brilliantly,” added Baldwinson

The game will be the official farewell to legends Jamie Peacock, Kevin Sinfield and Kylie Leuluai with presentations to the players after the game and a chance to celebrate the historic treble at Headingley Carnegie. Jamie Peacock will not be playing in the game. The rest of the Grand Final squad, including Kevin Sinfield and Kylie Leuluai but not the three Rhinos players in the England squad, have been given this week off and will report back next week when the medical team will assess the squad injury wise. The hope is that both Sinfield and Leuluai will be able to play some part in the game but all three players will be present on the night to salute the Headingley faithful and thank them for their support throughout their Rhinos careers. England players Zak Hardaker, Kallum Watkins and Ryan Hall are not expected to feature against New Zealand with England set to play France at Leigh the following day.

Rhinos fans have already snapped up over 13,000 tickets for the game and seats in particular are in hot demand. Supporters wanting to purchase seats for the game are advised to do so as soon as we only have limited seats available. There are just over 1,000 tickets left for the South Stand also with demand expected to be high for these tickets in the coming days.

You can book your ticket by calling 0371 423 1315 or online at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets or call in at the club shop this week from 9am until 6pm on weekdays and 9am and 5pm on Saturday.

The clash will be the first time that a Super League club has played a touring side since 2002 whilst Leeds fans have not seen their side face tourists since the 1994 clash with Australia. Tickets will start from just £20 for adult members and £10 for junior members to see this unique clash.

Rhinos 2015 Members can received a £2 discount on their ticket until midnight on Thursday 22nd October. For Rhinos 2015 Season Ticket Members and Rhinos 2015 Supporter Members to gain access to the discounted prices online they must input their valid customer number which appears on their membership card.

All members must have their relevant customer numbers at the time of purchase in order to obtain their seats and gain access to the discounted price.