Hall commits long-term to Rhinos

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18th March 2014

Leeds Rhinos winger Ryan Hall has signed a new five-year contract with the First Utility Super League club.

The 26-year-old has spent his entire career with the Rhinos, scoring 158 tries in 197 appearances, although there were fears that he could join fellow England international Sam Burgess in switching codes to rugby union or possibly leave Headingley to move to Australia and try his luck in the NRL.

But the four-time Grand Final winner has now put an end to that speculation by putting pen to paper on a deal that will keep him in west Yorkshire until 2018.

"I think everyone who loves Rugby League and loves watching Super League will be pleased by this announcement," head coach Brian McDermott told the club's website.

"We have seen Ryan perform on the highest stage with England against Australia and New Zealand and for the Rhinos in the World Club Challenges and he has consistently proved his quality.

"To agree a new long-term contract with a player like that, which will take him through until he is 30, is testament to the culture at this club and the commitment these players have to one another."

Hall made his debut in 2007 and has since gone on to become the 10th-highest try-scorer in Super League history, helping the Rhinos to Grand Final glory in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012.

"I am really pleased to get the new deal agreed," he said. "I have always signed long-term contracts with the club and I never had any intention of going anywhere but it is nice to feel that the club want me.

"This is a great club, who do things the right way, and I want to be part of helping the club move forward over the next few years.

"There is a great nucleus of players here who want to stay together and achieve more success for Leeds Rhinos.

"We are well looked after by the club and, as a group of players, we set high standards for ourselves and that is a great environment for an elite player to be in."

Hall made his first appearance for England in 2009 and scored eight tries in five matches for Steve McNamara's men at last year's World Cup.

He has scored two tries this season in Super League to help Leeds sit third in the table with four wins from their five games.

Hall commits long-term to Rhinos 2013.superleague.co.uk
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