Rhinos forward signs new deal

Leeds Rhinos forward James Donaldson has signed a new deal with the club that will keep him at Emerald Headingley until the end of 2021.

The 28-year-old initially signed for the Rhinos on a trial at the start of this season after being released by Hull KR.

He impressed coaches enough to be offered a one-year deal, which has now been extended.

He has made 24 appearances this term and become a firm favourite with the Rhinos fans, particularly due to his defensive efforts.

He has racked up 513 tackles so far, with a staggering 95% tackling success rate.

Donaldson has impressed at the Rhinos after joining the club from Hull KR.

“I am delighted to have agreed a new deal with the club, Donaldson said. It has been a tough season but I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the club and I am looking forward to the next two seasons.”

Leeds’ Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield added: “It is great news that James has agreed to sign a new deal with the club. When he first arrived at the Rhinos, he showed a great attitude and commitment to the club despite initially joining on trial.

He has become a popular member of our squad and been a key experienced member of the group. I am looking forward to seeing him develop after a full off season at the club.”

Donaldson has previously played for Bradford, Dewsbury, Hull KR and York, making 185 career appearances and scoring 22 tries.