Balding boosts Leeds Carnegie

Leeds Carnegie have been given a massive boost ahead of their trip to Champions Leicester Tigers this Saturday with the news that back rower Adam Balding has extended his loan stay with the club until the end of the season.

Balding, who moved to Headingley Carnegie on loan back in December from Gloucester, will now remain in Yorkshire until the end of the season although the terms of the arrangement mean that he will be unable to play against Gloucester when the two teams meet on the 19th April at Kingsholm.

Commenting on the deal the former Gloucester captain commented, “It is nice to know what I am doing now for the rest of the season so I can concentrate on what I am doing. I am very happy here at Leeds Carnegie and please to be given the opportunity to stay.

I want to get stuck in now and do everything I can on and off the field to get the results we need before the end of the season. I have been impressed with the set up here at Leeds and you can see where the club wants to go in the future which is really encouraging as a player.”

Balding will be part of the Leeds team who travel to another of his former clubs, Leicester, this Saturday looking for a first ever win at Welford Road. Three weeks ago he was recalled by Gloucester for a one off game, also against Leicester. He commented,”It will be a bit strange on Saturday, I am sure some of the Leicester lads will be a bit surprised to see me again!

The game for Gloucester was one hell of an encounter and I know exactly what to expect this Saturday especially in the forwards. No game in the Guinness Premiership is easy, least of all going to Leicester, but we need wins and that is what we will be going there looking to get. We have got quite a few players coming back from injury and they are fresh physically and mentally so that will definitely give us a lift for Saturday,” added Balding.

Balding is out of contract with Gloucester at the end of the season which means he has now brought an end to a four season spell at Kingsholm.

He added, “It is disappointing that I will not be able to play in the game at Kingsholm but obviously Gloucester are looking after their own interests, which you can understand. Ideally, no player wants to leave a club mid season because you don’t get a chance to say goodbye the fans.

The fans down at Gloucester have always been fantastic for me and the team and they gave me some tremendous support down the years. It is too early to talk about next season yet but I have really enjoyed my time at Leeds so far and I can see no reason, as long as all parties are happy, why I could not extend my stay the end of the season.”   


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