Leeds tie down Singleton to long-term deal

Leeds Rhinos have received a major boost ahead of the start of the Super 8s tonight against Warrington Wolves at Headingley Carnegie with prop Brad Singleton agreeing a new four year contract with the club.

Singleton made his debut in 2011 but has featured in 24 games so far in 2015 and crossed for an impressive eight tries to become a mainstay of a Rhinos team chasing success on all fronts still this season. His new deal will keep him at Headingley Carnegie until at least the end of the 2019 season.

Speaking about his new deal, Singleton said: “I am pleased to have agreed a new four year deal at this great club. At the start of the year I set myself the goal of playing every week and so far I have only missed two games, although I have to admit that I have surprised myself with how many times I have got over the try line!

“Clearly next season there will be a transition within the side, as a number of players move onto the next stage of their careers. That was a major influence for me to sign the new deal. With that transition taking place, it would be silly to look elsewhere, there are some exciting roles to fill, and I am sure there are some exciting times for the youngsters coming through in the next year.

“If you did a head count, we clearly needed to add numbers to the squad for 2016 but I think the recruitment has been excellent and credit for that must go to Brian and Gary. I am sure Brian will have some headaches in terms of picking the side but for us as players that is what gets the best out of the side,” added Singleton.

Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott commented, “I am very pleased that Brad has decided to continue his progression with the Rhinos. The last two seasons have seen Brad establish himself as a regular first team player and he is developing into a tough uncompromising prop.

“He is still relatively young for his position and has his best years ahead of him. But Brad now knows what is needed, not only to play first team but also to play for Leeds Rhinos and the expectancy that comes with that. Brad has some very strong leadership qualities that I’m sure will be needed by himself and the team over the next few seasons.”