Leeds Carnegie’s Ryan Burrows has turned down the chance of moving to an Aviva Premiership side in order to try and achieve the same feat with his current club.
The in-form back-row has signed a new three-year contract with Leeds, ending speculation he could be tempted away by one of the sport’s big guns.
Instead, Burrows, 25, insists he can get there with the promotion-chasing Headingley club and this week’s news about a name change to Yorkshire Carnegie has only whetted his appetite further.
“When I spoke to director of rugby Chris Gibson at Christmas about a new deal, it did not take me long to make up my mind,” said the hard-running player, who joined from Rotherham Titans in 2011. “This is a great club that is going places.
“Following the announcement this week about us becoming Yorkshire Carnegie next season, it is an exciting time to be at the club and for the county as well.
“This is a thriving rugby county and deserves a team in the Premiership.
“Our aim is to do that with Yorkshire Carnegie and for the club to be sustainable.”
Burrows, who lines up for second-placed Leeds in their Championship home clash against Moseley on Sunday, added: “What the club were planning for the future made my decision easier to stay here.
“We have gone well so far this season, losing just four games, three of which we could have won on another day.
“Whilst that is good, we are not getting carried away.
“We need to stick in the top four and then anything can happen in the play-offs. It is massive to keep this group of players together.”
Gibson, meanwhile, added: “We are delighted that Ryan has agreed this long-term contract.
“Our objective has always been to grow a core group of players that develop and emerge together at the top level.
“Ryan is a great role model, on and off the pitch, and his commitment to the club sends out a very positive message.
“We hope to have more good news in the coming weeks.”