Papua New Guinea international Rhyse Martin, 29, has committed his future to Leeds Rhinos after agreeing a new two year contract with the club.
The deal will keep Martin, who joined the Rhinos midway through the 2018 season, at Headingley until at least the end of the 2024 season.
Commenting on his new contract, Martin said, “I’m very excited. The last twelve months on a twelve-month contract is not ideal but to stay here for another two years with Rohan Smith in charge and the way that the team is starting to go, there are exciting times ahead so I’m glad I’m here.
“As a young family we’ve made Leeds our home now. We’ve been here long enough so it was definitely an easy decision to stay.
“On the field, everyone is trying to make each other better players, everyone is trying their best for the team and it goes to show with our performances. When your teammates are trying to make everyone else around them a better player, your performance tends to get better.
“The fans here are amazing. The support that they show for the team, even when things have been quite tough, has been amazing. I love playing at Headingley and in front of the Leeds fans so I’m very excited to do it for at least two more years,” added Martin.
Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Rohan Smith added, “I’m delighted for Rhyse that he’s agreed a new contract. He is one of our senior leaders and a loyal and honest guy who is well respected by his team mates and the coaching staff. I’m looking forward to working with him over the next two years.”
It’s yet another piece of the jigsaw for Smith and Leeds as the former Bradford Bulls head coach tries to put his own stamp on the Leeds squad.
Meanwhile, the Rhinos travel to Toulouse Olympique tomorrow night hopeful of closing the gap to sixth-placed Castleford Tigers to just one point.