12th February 2021, 09:45 | Leeds

Liam Sutcliffe agrees new Leeds Rhinos deal

Liam Sutcliffe agrees new Leeds Rhinos deal

Liam Sutcliffe has committed his long-term future to Leeds Rhinos agreeing a new three-year deal which will keep him at the Emerald Headingley Stadium until the end of the 2024 season.

Sutcliffe debuted for the Rhinos back in 2013 and has gone on to make 183 appearances for the club, scoring 58 tries and clocking up 749 points for the club.

The centre helped Leeds Rhinos lift the Challenge Cup last season, his second Challenge Cup success with the club while Sutcliffe was also involved in the 2017 Betfred Super League Grand Final victory over Castleford Tigers at Old Trafford.

In 2018, Sutcliffe earned his first England cap in a friendly against France at the Leigh Sports Village. He also represented England Knights in Papua New Guinea later that year. 

On the new deal, Sutcliffe said: “I am pleased to have got it sorted after everything that went on last year thar resulted in me handing in a transfer request. 

“The club were great with me and since coming back after lockdown last year, I have spoken with Richard and Kevin and they have spoken to me about the role they see me playing at the club. 

“I have had plenty of time to think about this decision, so I know it is the right one for me and my future.

“I made my debut when I was 18, I am now 26 and it does feel like I have been at the club for a long time. However, I want to be part of this squad going forward and helping us achieve more success in the coming years.”

Rhinos Head Coach, Richard Agar, added: “I am really pleased that Liam sees his future here. He has achieved an incredible amount so far in his career and his form at the end of last season was not only consistent but of a very high level. He is a naturally gifted and talented player.

Leeds Rhinos Director of Rugby, Kevin Sinfield, commented: “We knew this was an important decision for Liam at this stage of his career. We are delighted that he has committed his long-term future to the Rhinos. 

“His partnership with Ash Handley last season was a real bright spot and it will be great to see that flourish this season with a good pre-season together.”