25th March 2021, 13:23 | Leeds
Leeds Rhinos have announced that Kruise Leeming has signed a long-term deal with the club, keeping him at the Emerald Headingley Stadium until the end of the 2024 Betfred Super League season.
Leeming arrived at Leeds from Huddersfield Giants in 2020 and helped the side to a Challenge Cup victory at Wembley Stadium in his debut season.
On the new deal, Leeming said: “It was an easy decision for me. The staff, players and fans have made me feel so welcome.
“To renew after just one year at the club says a lot. I am overwhelmed and thankful to Richard Agar in particular for the faith he has shown in me. My job now is to repay that faith over the next four years.
“I have had a good pre-season and I feel the fittest and fastest I have ever felt. Hopefully I can have a good year this season and I can make 2021 my year.
“Professional sport does have a cruel reality when it comes to contracts, if you don’t perform it can cost you your livelihood, so it is nice to be rewarded for my hard work and have that security with a long-term deal. It is a boost to my confidence to be able to build over the next few years.
“I don’t think I have ever been this excited about the start of the season as I am about this year. We had a successful year last year, but I haven’t played in front of the Leeds Rhinos fans yet and that is something I am desperate to do this season.”
Leeds Rhinos Head Coach, Richard Agar, added: “I am pleased for Kruise that he has agreed a new long-term contract with the club.
“He is still only 25 and a player with great potential. We have got good competition for the hooking spot in the team and that is only good for the squad as a whole. I think Kruise has worked hard to improve his game over the last season, and I am sure he can continue that progression throughout 2021 and beyond.”
Leeds Rhinos begin their 2021 Betfred Super League campaign against Wakefield Trinity on Saturday 27 March, 3pm, live on Sky Sports.