18 Mar 2009

Eastwood remains hopeful of joining McLennan at Leeds

6:40 pm on 18 March 2009

The Kiwis international Greg Eastwood remains hopeful of securing a move to England despite signing a three-year National rugby league deal with the Bulldogs.

The former Brisbane forward joined the Bulldogs after a planned switch to English Super League team Leeds was scuppered when he was denied a work permit because he'd lost his driving licence for a series of speeding fines.

However his deal with the Bulldogs includes an option to leave after the current NRL season if an appeal on the English work permit decision is successful.

Eastwood is keen to link up with former Kiwis coach Brian McLennan at Leeds.

Several NRL clubs were rumoured to be interested in signing Eastwood, including the Warriors, but he says the Bulldogs' offer with an option to leave won him over.

Eastwood has spent the past four months without a club training by himself on the Gold Coast, and says he's relieved to be back within a team atmosphere.