Ash Handley commits long-term future to Leeds

Drew Darbyshire

Leeds winger Ash Handley has agreed a new four-year deal with the club.

The 23-year-old will stay at Emerald Headingley until at least the end of the 2023 season.

An England Knights representative, Handley made his 100th appearance for the Rhinos in last Friday’s win over local rivals Huddersfield.

Handley commented: “It is great to have my new deal finalised. I am not someone who likes the negotiation process so I’m glad that’s all sorted and have my future settled.

“I am looking forward to being part of the future at the Rhinos and getting the club back to where it needs to be; winning trophies.

“This new group that is coming up has a great opportunity and I am looking forward to being part of it for the next four years.

“Players like Harry Newman, Jack Walker and Cameron Smith are playing every week now and they are still 20 or under, so it’s exciting. Once they get a bit of experience under their belts and we grow together, I think we will go really well.”

Rhinos director of rugby, Kevin Sinfield, added: “It is great news for the Rhinos that Ash has committed his future to the club.

“It has been a privilege to see him develop into the player he has become, and I am sure his best years are still ahead of him.

“To have amassed a century of appearances already at just 23 shows the consistency he has been able to produce so far and I look forward to him continuing to progress over the next four seasons.”

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