The Rugby Football League have confirmed that long-serving Leeds Rhinos forward Carl Ablett has been granted a testimonial for his outstanding service to the game.
Ablett has won every domestic honour available with the Rhinos during a glittering career, and has played international rugby at the highest level too, representing England on a number of occasions.
“I would like to thank the RFL and the Leeds Rhinos board for granting me this testimonial,” said Ablett.
“As a Leeds lad it has been a dream come true to play for the Rhinos for my entire career so far. There have been some fantastic memories and the honour of playing alongside some brilliant players.
“I am sure the testimonial year and the events throughout it will give me a chance to reflect on those memories and meet a lot of people to say thank you for their help over the passed twelve years.”
Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield also said he believes Ablett thoroughly deserves the accolade of a testimonial.
“Carl has been an integral part of our success over the last decade. He has been selfless in his contribution to the team; whether he has been asked to play in the heat of the forwards or at centre on the biggest of stages, he has always risen to the challenge and helped get us over the line.
“He has scored tries in Grand Finals, Challenge Cup Finals and World Club clashes but remains the same person who walked into the club as a teenager all those years ago.
“He is a very modest and a quiet individual in public however I am sure the Leeds Rhinos fans will show their appreciation for him during his testimonial and let him know exactly how much their appreciate his efforts in blue and amber.”