Rob Burrow has confirmed he will finish his career as a one-club man after signing a new two-year contract with First Utility Super League leaders Leeds Rhinos.
The 32-year-old Castleford-born hooker or half-back has started just three games so far this season, his other 10 coming from the bench, but says he is delighted to extend his stay at Headingley to the end of 2017.
“It has been a fantastic time in my career to be part of the Leeds Rhinos team and I want that to continue,” Burrow said.
“This is the best club in rugby league and the only club I have ever known. I cannot imagine ever being anywhere else and, having grown up supporting the club, it makes it extra special that I will be able to start and finish my career here. That is something I have always wanted to do.”
Burrow has appeared in each of the Rhinos’ six Grand Final triumphs, winning the Harry Sunderland award as man of the match in the 2007 and 2011 victories, and played a key role in the club’s long-awaited Challenge Cup win last August.
He has made 423 appearances for the club since making his debut in 2001, putting him 10th in the club’s all-time list, and says he may continue beyond 2017.
“While I am hungry to play and happy with my game, I am happy to continue to play for Leeds Rhinos,” he said. “This is a two-year contract and, as Kylie Leuluai always says, ‘you never say never’!
“The group is going through a period of transition with Jamie Peacock and Kevin Sinfield leaving the club but these are exciting times and I want to play my part in helping us move forward.
“Having been involved in coaching the juniors for a while with Carl Ablett, I know we have got some quality players coming through the ranks and hopefully I can help them enjoy the same sort of fantastic career I have had with the Rhinos over the next few years.”.
Leeds coach Brian McDermott said: “We are pleased to have agreed a new deal with Rob for the next two years.
“His commitment to the Rhinos and determination to succeed are great examples for any young player coming through the ranks.
“He remains a threat to all teams in Super League with his unique skills set and he has the ability to unlock any game, as we have seen on so many occasions before.”