Jordan follows in dad’s footsteps

Jordan Moana
Jordan Moana

HISTORY is repeating itself as Jordan Moana follows in the footsteps of his father, rugby league star Martin Moana.

The 15-year-old Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School student is now beginning to make his mark with Super League club Leeds Rhinos.

Jordan began playing at the age of five at Siddal ARLFC until he was 10 when he then moved back to New Zealand for four years.

Jordan carried on playing rugby league and also rugby union before returning to the UK in July this year and began training once again with Siddal.

“It was Damien Gibson who took Jordan from training at Siddal over to Leeds one day and Barry (McDermott - Leeds Rhinos coach) saw him and rung me and asked if Jordan might want to play and he has been there around nine weeks now,” said Martin.

Jordan is playing second-row or centre but prefers second-row or loose-forward.

He is playing at Leeds in the age 15 and 16 academy.

The season will start in March with eight games. It is then that they will look for signings for the under 18s academy.

Jordan has a tight schedule, training Mondays at school playing rugby union, Tuesdays at Siddal, Wednesday at Leeds Rhinos, Thursdays back at Siddal and Friday - a night off.

Saturdays, depending on the upcoming opponents they may have a session and then the game on Sunday.

“His school work comes first and Jordan enjoys school although he isn’t sure what he wants to do in the future but has said he wants further education and university.

“Leeds are great and they encourage education and if he needs to miss training for extra homework or anything school-related they are fine with that,” said proud dad Martin.

Jordan has a role model in his dad, who first came to the UK in 1995 from Huntly, New Zealand.

In 1996 he joined Halifax Blue Sox in the Super League competition and played there for five years and became a legend around Halifax.

At the end of 2000, he left Halifax and he spent 2001 at both Huddersfield Giants and Doncaster.

In 2002 he was at Wakefield Trinity and returned briefly to Halifax for the start of 2003 before finishing the season at Salford City Reds.

In 2005 he moved again, re-joining Doncaster before settling at Swinton Lions where he was player of the year in 2006.

He remained with the Lions until his retirement at the end of the 2009 season and now works for the club on the development front and also in a commercial capacity.

Always being active, he still gets his adrenalin pumping with a game or two of rugby union these days for Heath in the Yorkshire League competition.

Plus, he now coaches the New Zealand Masters rugby team that plays mainly in the spring and summer months for enjoyment and supporting charities.