Leeds Rhinos: Singleton delighted to sign four-year deal

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RISING STAR Brad Singleton has signed a new contract keeping him at Leeds Rhinos until the end of the 2018 season.

RISING STAR Brad Singleton has signed a new contract keeping him at Leeds Rhinos until the end of the 2018 season.

The 22-year-old now has his sights set on becoming a long-term successor to veteran front-rowers Jamie Peacock and Kylie Leuluai.

Singleton’s new four-year deal was announced just two days after he secured a place in Rhinos’ elite top-20 squad for next year.

The Cumbrian ball carrier is one of only four specialist props in Rhinos’ senior squad and has targeted a big year in 2015 to prove he is ready to step into Peacock’s and Leuluai’s shoes.

The long-serving duo are both set to retire at the end of next season and Singleton said: “From an outsider’s point of view, it is there for me.

“I have been here long enough and this is what I always wanted so it is up to me to grab this opportunity with both hands.

“It is an exciting time to be part of the squad. I heard [chief executive] Gary Hetherington talking about it a few weeks back, that we have a great drive in the squad for 2015.

“The experienced players want to show they can still do it and the young guys want to show they are ready to step up into that role at the Rhinos.

“We want to make our own history and carry on the great history that the golden generation have created.

“That makes us a very hungry bunch and that has been evident from training so far.”

Barrow-born Singleton made his Rhinos debut in 2011, got his first start two seasons later and made a breakthrough this year with 22 appearances, including nine in the starting line-up.

Now with 40 first team games under his belt for Leeds, he said: “I think this will be a big year for me and I am happy to get my signature down on new contract.

“The long term contract gives me peace of mind and security, especially to be at such a big club like Leeds and I am over the moon to have signed it.

“I played over 20 games in Super League last season and the benefit of that and being involved week-in, week-out is massive for me.

“I am going to take that forward with me and I am feeling confident going into next season.

“Pre-season has started well and I am trying to get myself in the best possible shape I can during the next few months so I can hit the ground running in February.”

Rhinos coach Brian McDermott believes Singleton can become one of Rhinos’ first-choice props.

“Brad has been around the first team for a number of years now, but you can be guilty of forgetting that he has only just turned 22,” McDermott observed.

“This season is a great opportunity for him to kick on with his career and show his worth to the squad.

“He certainly has the abilities to succeed and now, with a long term contract, hopefully he has the confidence to put that into practise and be a key part of the team next season.”

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