Donaldson agrees new two year deal with Rhinos

Forward James Donaldson, 28, has agreed a new two year contract with Leeds Rhinos that will keep him at Emerald Headingley until at least the end of the 2021 Betfred Super League season.

Donaldson joined the Rhinos on a one-year deal at the start of the current season after earning a deal following a trial period at the club. He has impressed this season with 24 appearances, making 513 tackles with a 95% success rate.

Originally from Cumbria, Donaldson spent four seasons with Hull Kingston Rovers before leaving them at the end of last season. He made 73 Super League appearances for Bradford Bulls between 2009 and 2014 before moving to the Robins in 2015. He made 42 Super League appearances for Rovers as well as helping them gain promotion from the Championship two years ago. He has also previously played for Dewsbury and York.

The former Wath Brow amateur said, “I am delighted to have agreed a new deal with the club. It has been a tough season but I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the club and I am looking forward to the next two seasons.”

Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield commented, “It is great news that James has agreed to sign a new deal with the club. When he first arrived at the Rhinos, he showed a great attitude and commitment to the club despite initially joining on trial. He has become a popular member of our squad and been a key experienced member of the group. I am looking forward to seeing him develop after a full off season at the club.”