Five year deal for Stevie Ward

Leeds youngster Stevie Ward has signed a new five-year deal at Headingley.

Ward, 18, has played in the Rhinos last six games having forced his way in to the first team set up this year, and has withdrawn from the England academy tour to Australia to focus on club commitments.

He said: “I am really honoured to be offered a long term contract with the club and over the moon to have signed here for the next five years. I have never wanted to play for any other club. Leeds is my home and everyone at the club has made it so much easier for me to come into the first team this season and feel part of the squad.

Ward made his debut in the 46-6 defeat at St Helens, and was on the losing side in his first four matches for the club.

Head Coach Brian McDermott said: “Stevie is a very exciting talent and someone we are proud to call one of our own. I know the decision to withdraw from the England tour was a tough one for him and was not taken lightly. This has been a big year for him as he has finished his A Levels, made his Super League debut and has now signed a new long term contract.”

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