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Leeds Rhinos star reveals interest in NRL move

Leeds Rhinos and England centre Harry Newman, 23, has agreed a new two year contract that will keep him at AMT Headingley until at least the end of the 2026 Betfred Super League season.

Newman, who made his England debut last season, came through the Rhinos Academy ranks in 2017 and has made 75 appearances so far, scoring 25 tries.

He was due to be out of contract at the end of the 2024 season but has now committed his future to the Rhinos.

Commenting on his new deal, Newman said, “I am really pleased to have agreed a new deal with the club and sorted my future out. Rohan and I were both keen to get things settled before the season started and it is great that I don’t have to keep answering questions about my contract now we are about to kick off the year.

“Having come through the academy system at the Rhinos, this is my club and I am very excited about the direction we are heading in this season. I missed out on the Challenge Cup win in 2020 and the Grand Final in 2022 through injury and I am determined to be part of a successful period
here at AMT Headingley in the coming years.”

Leeds Rhinos star admits NRL interest

Leeds Rhinos star Harry Newman

Picture by Allan McKenzie/ – 21/07/2022 – Rugby League – Betfred Super League Round 20 – Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors – Headingley Stadium, Leeds, England – Leeds’s Harry Newman is awarded the Betfred Man of the Match.

Newman revealed on Sky Sports that there was NRL interest and hinted that he could potentially make a move in the future but said for now he wants to stay at Leeds.

He said: “It was an easy decision and I am absolutely delighted to get it over the line. I owe it to the fans and the club to give it my all for the next three years.

“There has been interest over in Australia. That is something I have spoken about with my family and my agent but I decided for now it is the right decision to stay especially with what the club has done for me especially with my injuries. I want to do something for this club.”

Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Rohan Smith said, “I am pleased for Harry that he has got his future secured. Harry has worked hard on his game in recent years and we were all pleased for him when he got the call up to play for England, as I know that meant a lot to him.

“He has set a benchmark for himself now and we feel we can take his performances to another level and fulfil his undoubted potential. He has overcome a lot of adversity in his career so far but he is passionate about playing for Leeds Rhinos. It is important that we retain great English talent, both for Leeds and for Super League, as I know there was interest from the NRL to sign Harry.

“Our squad is full of young players with their best years ahead of them and the security, cohesion and camaraderie of a group growing together is something we want to nurture. We have only seen the start of what Harry can do; the consistency and frequency of his top performances are what we can look forward to seeing in the years ahead.”

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