Singleton agrees new four year deal

Leeds Rhinos prop Brad Singleton has agreed a new four year deal with the club that will keep him at Headingley Carnegie until at least the end of the 2018 Super League season.

The Barrow-born forward established himself in the Rhinos squad last season making 22 appearances including nine in the starting line up. Earlier this week he was rewarded for his progress with a place in the top 20 squad numbers for the 2015 season and has now made over 40 first team appearances since his debut in 2011.

Commenting on the new deal, the 22-year-old said, “I think this will be a big year for me and I am happy to get my signature down on new contract. The long term contract gives me peace of mind and security, especially to be at such a big club like Leeds and I am over the moon to have signed it. I played over 20 games in Super League last season and the benefit of that and being involved week in, week out is massive for me. I am going to take that forward with me and I am feeling confident going into next season. Pre-season has started well and I am trying to get myself in the best possible shape I can during the next few months so I can hit the ground running in February.”

With the 2015 season being Jamie Peacock and Kylie Leuluai’s last at the Rhinos, Singleton admits he has a big season ahead for himself to show he is ready to become a senior front rower at the club. He added, “From an outsider’s point of view, it is there for me. I have been here long enough and this is what I always wanted so it is up to me to grab this opportunity with both hands. It is an exciting time to be part of the squad. I heard Gary Hetherington talking about it a few weeks back, that we have a great drive in the squad for 2015. The experienced players want to show they can still do it and the young guys want to show they are ready to step up into that role at the Rhinos, we want to make our own history and carry on the great history that the golden generation have created. That makes us a very hungry bunch and that has been evident from training so far.”

Head Coach Brian McDermott has backed Singleton to make the most of his opportunity, he added, “Brad has been around the first team for a number of years now but you can be guilty of forgetting that he has only just turned 22. This season is a great opportunity for him to kick on with his career and show his worth to the squad. He certainly has the abilities to succeed and now, with a long term contract, hopefully he has the confidence to put that into practise and be a key part of the team next season.”