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Leeds sign Thompson on two-year deal

Leeds Rhinos have signed back rower Bodene Thompson on a two-year deal from next season.

The 32-year-old initially joined the Rhinos on a short-term loan deal from Toronto, after the Wolfpack were unable to continue the 2020 season, making 11 appearances.

He was due to return to the Canadian club from next year but, following their expulsion from Super League, has now signed a deal with the Rhinos that will keep him at Emerald Headingley until at least the end of 2022.

“It is great to have my future sorted,” Thompson said. “It has been awesome to be here at the Rhinos. The first week I came here, I couldn’t wait to rip in and start playing games for the club.

“I have come in and tried to do my best and I have loved every minute of it. I am very happy with the decision we have made. My partner and I are excited to be moving over to Leeds with our twins due in the New Year.

“Looking ahead to next season, I can’t wait to see this group continue to grow. It is crazy to look around the dressing room and see how young our guys are but they have already got so much experience.

“They have got old heads on their shoulders and I love training and playing with them. They have such a great drive and you never want to lose that.”

Leeds Rhinos director of rugby Kevin Sinfield added: “Bodene came with an outstanding reputation and recommendation from Brian McDermott and he has lived up to those incredibly high expectations. He has settled into our group and become an important senior player in our group.

“The standards he sets in training and in games are an example for our younger players and we are delighted that he has agreed a long term contract with the club.”

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