Leeds Rhinos extend ace Hall’s deal

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Leeds Rhinos winger Ryan Hall has signed a new five-year contract which will keep him at the club until the end of 2018.

Hall was just 26 months into a previous long-term deal and the new arrangement is effectively a two-year extension.

The England ace – who is the 10th highest try scorer in Super League history – will be approaching his 31st birthday when he comes out of contract and said the new deal means he is likely to spend his entire career at Leeds.

“It is nice to get it sorted and this new contract will hopefully include a testimonial as well,” Hall said.

“It’s good to commit myself to Leeds, as I have done in the past and I still think it is the place to be.”

Asked if he is now a Rhino for life, Hall, 26, said: “It is looking that way at the moment, with this new deal signed, but we will see – you never know what is around the corner.”

Hall – who made his debut in 2007 – has scored 158 tries in 197 games for Leeds and is set to become only the 79th player to make 200 appearances for the club.

He has crossed just twice this season – both in last month’s win at Catalan Dragons – and described his form as “all right”.

“I haven’t scored as many tries as other people have done, but as I always say, as long as the team is winning and playing well, that’s the main thing,” he stressed.

“I would like to score some more, but I am not panicking about it because I know my time will come and I will get opportunities later on down the line.”

Hall was rested for the 38-4 win over Widnes Vikings last Friday and admitted: “That was a strange experience for me, but I know why it happened and I am fine with that.”

The winger’s new contract has delighted Rhinos coach Brian McDermott. He said: “In today’s climate, to secure a world-class player is an indication of Ryan’s intentions and his loyalty to Super League.

“It is an indicator of his faith in this club as well and the direction it’s heading in.”

McDermott insisted he is not worried by Hall’s run of just two tries in eight matches.

“I am very, very pleased with how Ryan’s contributing,” he said. “A good element of Ryan’s job is about scoring tries, but it is of equal importance that he has other areas of his game in good nick.

“Ryan’s been in good shape since round one. He’s not getting over the whitewash as much as he maybe has done in the past, but that will come.

“We are early in the season, only five rounds in. There is zero concern.”

The coach also feels Hall has yet to reach his peak. He added: “There are areas of Ryan’s game he needs to be better at.

“A lot of that will be down to preparation and hard work. He is already a dedicated athlete, but we don’t think he is the finished article at all.”

Chief executive Gary Hetherington also welcomed Hall’s decision to put pen to paper, saying: “It is good news in terms of keeping the core group together for the next five years and beyond.

“Ryan is a key member of that group. Not only is he a world class player, he’s also a good character and represents everything that’s good about our team and club.”

Meanwhile, Hall’s centre partner Joel Moon is set to be sidelined for “a couple of weeks” after suffering a hamstring injury early in last Friday’s game, McDermott said.

Rhinos also have concerns over back-rower Brett Delaney and prop Jamie Peacock.

McDermott said: “Brett Delaney should be right for Friday’s game against London, but he might not be as well.

“He got a bang on his leg and he’s very sore at the moment - he has had one or two bumps and bruises.

“When he’s come off the field for the last three weeks it has looked like he’s been involved in a car crash.

“He plays a robust game and I thought Friday was the best game he’s had this year and probably the final 10 games of last year as well.

“If he has a week off this week, I think we will allow him that.”

Of Peacock, McDermott said: “He has a bit of a calf strain. He is a bit sore, so we’ll have a look.

“We’re not overly keen to rest him, but we will make that call later on in the week.”

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