Leeds set to lose Webb as Leuluai postpones retirement
Leeds are already beginning plans for next season with the announcement that the 2012 campaign will be Brent Webb's last at the club whilst prop Kylie Leuluai has agreed a contract extension having initially announced plans to retire at the end of the seaby NRL
Leeds are already beginning plans for next season with the announcement that the 2012 campaign will be Brent Webb's last at the club whilst prop Kylie Leuluai has agreed a contract extension having initially announced plans to retire at the end of the season.
Webb, who joined the Rhinos in 2007 from New Zealand Warriors, will make his 150th start for the club in Monday night's much anticipated Grand Final re-match against St Helens at Headingley Carnegie but the club have confirmed that they have given the 31-year-old Kiwi international permission to speak to other clubs after he declined a one year contract extension offer from the Champions.
Leuluai, who leads the way this season for the Rhinos for average gains per carry, will remain at the Rhinos next season after agreeing a new deal. The 34-year-old has been in outstanding form once again this season and has played a big part in helping the Rhinos to become World Champions and get back to the Carnegie Challenge Cup semi final.
Commenting on the announcements, Chief Executive Gary Hetherington said, "Having had discussions with Brent, we understand he is keen to try and secure a two year contract in Super League for next season. We are not in a position to offer him that and therefore we have granted him permission to speak to other clubs about next season and beyond. Brent has been an outstanding player for Leeds Rhinos, one of the finest overseas players this club has ever had, and I am sure he will be doubly determined to finish his time at the club at the very top. He is a true competitor and regardless where he goes next season, he will always remain part of the Rhinos family.
"When Kylie signed his last contract his intention was to return home at the end of this season but we always spoke about reviewing the situation nearer the time and seeing how his body was coping with the demands of Super League. He has been at the top of his game this season and we were pleased to speak to him and agree a new deal. Leeds fans have always loved their prop forwards, especially those who set the tone for the team with their actions on the field, and Kylie is certainly in that company," added Hetherington.
Commenting on the announcement, Webb said, "It was a very difficult decision to decide to move on from Leeds Rhinos at the end of the season but as a professional player you know that eventually that day will come. I have had some fantastic times here in Leeds, in my family's life and not just on the rugby field however I will take all those memories with me when I move on. I have only ever played for two clubs in my life but time moves on. We have got a big job here to do this season and my aim now is to play my part in helping the team achieve our goals for this season."
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