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Bailey signs two year deal with Rhinos

England prop Ryan Bailey, 29, has agreed a new two year contract with Leeds Rhinos rejecting offers from a number of NRL clubs to remain at his hometown club.
Bailey signs two year deal with Rhinos
by rleague.com

England prop Ryan Bailey, 29, has agreed a new two year contract with Super League Champions Leeds Rhinos rejecting offers from a number of NRL clubs to remain at his hometown club.

The prop was due to be out of contract at the end of the current season but has now signed a new contract to remain at the club he joined straight from school. He is one of five players to have played in all six Super League Grand Final wins and has made 287 appearances for the Rhinos since his debut in June 2002.

Commenting on the new deal Bailey said, “This was a big decision for me and something that I had to think hard about. I would like to thank all the NRL clubs who made offers to me and it was nice to know that they thought I could do a job for them down in Australia. However, this is my home town club and I have spent my entire life here, the club have been loyal to me and I think I have been loyal to them in return.

Leeds Rhinos are my second family and am probably happier and more settled now than I have been at any time in my career. It was stressful dealing with the contract side of things but that is sorted now and I can look forward to getting back fit and finishing the season strongly,” added Bailey.

Head Coach Brian McDermott commented, “Ryan has been huge for this club over a long period and I think it is a big thing for us that he has turned down the chance to go to the NRL to remain at Leeds and in Super League. As someone who has come through our Academy system, he is a player that our youngsters can look towards and see that the rewards are there for you if you work hard. He is a special character within our group and it is great that he will be here for another two seasons at least.”




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