Leeds prop Kylie Leuluai, 36, has confirmed he will remain a Rhino for the 2015 season as he looks to continue his career at the very top of the game.
Leuluai has been in great form this season, his eighth in blue and amber since joining from Manly Sea Eagles in 2007. He has made more metres per carry than any other forward at the club with an average gain of 8.12m per carry and is one of only five props in Super League who have made over 8 metres per carry this season.
However, he admits the decision to play on into 2015, was not one he took lightly and that he would not have considered it if he felt he could not still do a job for the team. He commented, "I am enjoying playing the game and I am not ready to finish yet. I enjoy being with the boys and being associated with the club and that was important for me however the decision was always going to be performance related, especially in my position and what I can do for the team. There are certain levels and requirements that are required of you in any team, but especially with this group of players, and, like any job, you have to be able to meet those requirements."
Leuluai is now just one appearance short of equally the legendary Arthur Clues in the all time list of overseas players for the club. Clues made 236 appearances for Leeds between 1947 and 1954 whilst only Australians Frank O'Rourke, Dinny Campbell and Eric Harris are above Leuluai and Clues in the all time list.
Commenting on the new deal Head Coach Brian McDermott said, "It is great that Kylie is with us for next season. We have spoken about the transition process that this group of players will be going through during the next few years and the standards that Kylie sets are something that all young players can aim for. His workload and commitment is something that is thoroughly appreciated by his team mates and the coaching staff and he continues to be a valuable part of our team. The fact that he has played so many games for the club, more than anyone else since the Second World War, shows his dedication to the club and the Super League competition."
Check out this week's edition of Blue & Amber, priced just £3 and available around the ground this Friday to hear more from Kylie Leuluai including his thoughts on Bulls youngster Jordan Baldwinson, who will return to the Rhinos ranks next season.
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