Peacock signs new two year contract with Leeds Rhinos
27 January 2014 13:17pm
By Phil Daly
Jamie Peacock has agreed a new two year contract
Rugby League legend Jamie Peacock MBE has agreed a new two year contract with Leeds Rhinos and confirmed he intends to retire at the end of the 2015 First Utility Super League season.
Peacock, who joined the Rhinos in 2006 from Bradford Bulls, is the most successful player in the modern era having won eight Super League titles during his career. He is set to embark on his 16th Super League season and is currently fifth in the all time list of Super League appearances behind Lee Gilmour, Kevin Sinfield, Paul Wellens and Keith Senior. He is 17 appearances short of becoming only the fourth player in the summer era to make 400 Super League appearances.
Commenting on the new contract Peacock, who was the Rhinos Player of the Year in 2013, said, "I am pleased to have agreed the new contract. I am looking forward to the new season and the next two years. Last year was the first time in over a decade that I had a full off season and I can feel the benefit of that again this winter as I look towards the new campaign. I still have a lot of goals I want to achieve in the next two seasons and high in those priorities is helping the transition of this group of players onto the next stage of their career and helping the Rhinos maintain the success we have had in recent years."
Head Coach Brian McDermott added, "There is nothing more that can be said about JP that has not already been said but he continues to re-write the instruction manual when it comes to the modern day player. He has been outstanding for us in pre-season and sets the bar, especially for the young fellas about where they need to be to succeed at this club. The fact that he has set a timetable for the end of his career will only drive him on and I know he will be looking to go out at the very top of the game."
Leeds Rhinos forward Stevie Ward has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2015 season and will undergo surgery next week for a knee reconstruction following an injury suffered at Huddersfield last week.
The incredible clash between Leeds Rhinos and St Helens at Headingley Carnegie attracted the biggest play off attendance since 2010 and captured the imagination of thousands of fans on social media as well.