Jamie Jones-Buchanan granted the Leeds Award

Jamie Jones-Buchanan who is one of the club’s most successful players and one of the city’s most iconic figures has been recognised with one of the highest honours Leeds City Council can give.

Bramley boy Jamie Jones-Buchanan is one of the most decorated players in rugby league.  Over a 20-year career with the Rhinos he made 421 appearances and won a number of honours, including seven Super League titles, one Challenge Cup, three World Club Challenges and three League Leaders titles.

Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake said: “He has just been such an inspiration to our city. He is a role model – he has not only performed on the pitch for Leeds Rhinos, but the real reason I have got to know Jamie so well is the incredible work he has done as an ambassador for Leeds as a child-friendly city.

“This contribution to young people is just phenomenal. He brings to every occasion an incredible wit, an incredible intelligence – he is such an articulate speaker, and is very motivational when it comes to reaching out to people and encouraging them to be the best they can be.

“He will continue working with us and will bring a huge richness to the work we will do for Leeds 2023.”

Blake announced the honour for Jones-Buchanan on stage at the recent Proms on the Pitch event at Emerald Headingley.