Watkins pens new long-term deal with Leeds

Leeds captain Kallum Watkins has signed a new deal with the club that will keep him with the Rhinos until the end of the 2021 season.

The England star was out of contract at the end of next season but has agreed to a new extension with the club.

The 27-year-old is in his 11th season with the club’s first-team and has made over 230 appearances since, winning numerous trophies on the way.

“This is a big stage in any rugby players career as I come into my late twenties and it is a massive deal for me to sign a new contract.

“I love this club from the bottom of my heart. It is a fantastic club and I have been fortunate to be part of a successful period in the early part of my career, our challenge now is to take that culture forward. The special thing about this club is the family aspect and how we collectively want to achieve something together, that made it very easy to extend my contract.

“I adore this club and love being with the boys, the whole environment was key in convincing me that I wanted to stay here.”

Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington commented: “Kallum was one of the outstanding players in the World Cup last Autumn which is naturally going to attract plenty of attention for him.

“He is an elite, world class player and at 27, he is committing his best years to the Rhinos and the Super League competition which is a fantastic boost for our club and competition.”