Leeds Rhinos welcome youngster Johnson back to the club

Leeds Rhinos have announced that 20-year-old hooker Corey Johnson has returned to the club having retired from the professional game back in March 2020. 

A talented product from the club’s Academy system, Johnson made his first team debut in the final game of the 2019 season and was part of Richard Agar’s first team squad at the start of last season. 

Having rejoined the club, Johnson, who has been playing community Rugby League with Hunslet Club Parkside in the National Conference, will join Betfred Championship side York City Knights for the remainder of the 2021 season.

Johnson will be joined at the Knights by Leeds Rhinos centre Corey Hall, who has moved on loan.

The Rhinos have also allowed youngster Levi Edwards, Oli Field and Oli Burton to join Batley Bulldogs on loan. 

Commenting on the announcement Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield said, “We are pleased to welcome Corey Johnson back to the club. We have stayed in touch with him over the last year and he was aware that the door was always open for him to return when he was ready to. The chance to play and train part time with York is a great way for him to return to professional Rugby League. 

“We are pleased to give Corey Hall and Levi Edwards in particularly the chance to play Championship rugby after impressing with the first team in training this year. They have both played for the Under 19s but, in terms of their development, the loan system allows them to continue their progress,” added Sinfield.