Rhinos: Leuluai signs one-year contract extension

Veteran Leeds prop Kylie Leuluai, 36, has confirmed he will remain a Rhino for the 2015 season.

The New Zealander has been in great form this season – his eighth in blue and amber since joining from Manly Sea Eagles in 2007 – and has made more metres per carry than any other forward at the club (8.12m). Something which only four other props in the league can boast.

However, he admits the decision to play on into 2015, was not one he took lightly and that he would not have considered it if he felt he could not still do a job for the team.

He commented: “I am enjoying playing the game and I am not ready to finish yet. I enjoy being with the boys and being associated with the club and that was important for me however the decision was always going to be performance related, especially in my position and what I can do for the team.

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“There are certain levels and requirements that are required of you in any team, but especially with this group of players, and, like any job, you have to be able to meet those requirements.”

Leuluai is now just one appearance short of equally the legendary Arthur Clues in the all time list of overseas players for the club.

Leeds boss Brian McDermott said: “It is great that Kylie is with us for next season. We have spoken about the transition process that this group of players will be going through during the next few years and the standards that Kylie sets are something that all young players can aim for.

“His workload and commitment is something that is thoroughly appreciated by his team mates and the coaching staff and he continues to be a valuable part of our team. The fact that he has played so many games for the club, more than anyone else since the Second World War, shows his dedication to the club and the Super League competition.”

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