Young sensation Walker turns down Leeds contract

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Leeds Rhinos’ 17-year-old full-back Jack Walker has turned down a three-year deal to secure his long-term future at the club.

The youngster has been sensational in his six appearances for the club this season, but has turned down the offer because he wants a secured future at full-back.

That position is currently occupied by Ashton Golding who has recently signed a four-year contract with the club and is only two years older than Walker.

Speaking to the club website, Walker said: “At the moment I still want to keep my options open on my future.  Leeds have been great with me in every department and the fans are unbelievable and I’m enjoying playing for this great club.  The offer I’ve received from the club is fantastic but it doesn’t come down to money, it’s the opportunity to play at fullback, a position I feel brings the best out in me.  The club has a great young fullback in Ashton Golding who is only 2-years older than me and who recently signed a 4-year deal so I need to look at my future and make the right call on my career going forward.”

Head Coach Brian McDermott added, “As a club we have a proud record for over 20 years of developing and rewarding our young talented players. So much of our club is built on the foundation nurtured through our academy. We recently announced that two such players, Danny McGuire and Rob Burrow, will bring down the curtain on their Rhinos career after 15 glorious years. The nature of our sport has meant that some players have also left the club during that period to seek better terms for themselves at other clubs whether that is a starting position or financial reward. Clearly on each occasion that has been disappointing but has enabled us to reward those who want to take the club forward and be successful at the Rhinos.”