Quins add Riley to loan pack
Harlequins have made Warrington Wolves winger or full-back Chris Riley their fifth loan recruit.
The 23-year-old, who scored a hat-trick of tries in the Wolves’ 112-0 Challenge Cup win over Swinton last Friday, will join the Londoners for a month.
He will link up with his Wolves team-mate Lee Mitchell, whose initial loan spell has been extended, Luke Ambler (Leeds Rhinos), Mike Burnett (Hull FC) and Karl Pryce (Wigan Warriors) among “borrowed” players at the Twickenham Stoop.
Harlequins coach Rob Powell said: “They’ve got a big squad at Warrington with a lot of quality players but some are not getting game time.
“Although we’re always going to favour developing London talent, if I don’t think there are blokes ready to play consistently, it’s good to look elsewhere and add a bit of enthusiasm and talent.
“Chris certainly has that. He’s quick, has scored a lot of tries and played in a lot of games and it’s exciting that he’s coming down.”
Riley, who is in the England Knights squad, has scored 66 tries in 107 appearances for Warrington since making his debut in 2005 but was set to make way for the return of Brett Hodgson at Leeds on Friday.
Wolves coach Tony Smith said: “This move will give Chris the opportunity to play some regular first-team rugby.
“He is an experienced Super League player and at present we are unable to give him as much Super League game time as we would like.”
Riley is set to make his Harlequins debut at Castleford on Sunday, possibly at full-back with Luke Dorn ruled out with a recurrence of a hamstring injury.
Meanwhile, Pryce has also had his loan spell extended for a second time.
“It’s been a tough run for Karl,” said Powell. “We’ve had two cup games which he hasn’t been available for due to being cup-tied.
“So it will good for him to get an opportunity to play again - it’s no fun training and knowing you’re not playing at the end of the week.”