Watkins signs new Leeds deal

Published: Wednesday 29th October 2014 by The News Editor

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England centre Kallum Watkins has signed a new five year deal with Leeds, the Super League club have announced.

The 23-year-old, who has spent his entire career at Headingley Carnegie after progressing from the club’s academy, will now remain with the Rhinos until at least the end of the 2019 Super League season.

Watkins, who helped England to a 32-26 win over Samoa in the opening game of the Four Nations in Brisbane last weekend, has scored 72 tries in 128 appearances for Leeds since making his debut in April 2008.

“I never wanted to play for any other club than Leeds and I am pleased we have been able to agree a new deal that keeps me here for the future,” Watkins told the club’s official website.

“I have got a young family and the chance to be part of this team as we develop over the next few years is something I am very excited about.

“The Cup Final last year was very special and it has whetted the appetite for what is to come in 2015.

“We have got a tremendous group of players at the Rhinos and a great coaching team and together I think we can achieve even more over the next few years.”

Leeds chief executive Gary Hetherington added: “Kallum’s contract is a significant announcement for the Rhinos and for the England team as well ahead of this weekend’s crucial clash with Australia.

“To have our best young talent committing to not just Rugby League but Super League as well, is a major boost to our game and one that should not be underestimated.

“A player as talented as Kallum will inevitably be coveted by the NRL and rugby union however his determination to be part of the Rhinos future is something that I am sure will get all our supporters excited.”

Published: Wednesday 29th October 2014 by The News Editor

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