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Saints land parting shot at James Bentley

James Bentley’s transfer to Leeds Rhinos was confirmed today, but his current club St Helens made it obvious that more than one contract offer had been put on the table for the back-rower.

A parting statement taken from the Saints website stated: “Back Rower James Bentley has rejected a new Saints contract and decided to join his home town club Leeds Rhinos on a two year contract from 2022.

The Club had presented James with a number of contract offers, but sadly he has opted to return to Yorkshire and take up a new challenge with the Rhinos from next season.”

Bentley told the Leeds Rhinos website: “I am looking forward to joining the Rhinos for next season. I am a Leeds lad and grew up supporting the team, sitting on the South Stand wall and dreaming of running out on the pitch as a Leeds player. I have had a taste of success at St Helens and I want to make sure I come to Leeds and play my part in helping the team win even more silverware in the years ahead.

“I have had four really enjoyable years at Saints and made some great mates for life. I am doing everything possible to get back healthy and on the pitch as soon as possible and hopefully I can finish the year on the best possible note with St Helens.”

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