Kallum Watkins awarded testimonial

Leeds captain Kallum Watkins has been granted a testimonial which will begin in July.

The England star is ruled out for the rest of the 2018 season after suffering an ACL injury, but he has now undergone surgery and on the road to recovery.

Watkins is currently a one-club man, having made his debut for the Rhinos when he was just 16. Since then, he has made over 200 appearances for the club, winning three Grand Finals, two Challenge Cups, two League Leaders Shields and the World Club Challenge back in 2012.

The 27-year-old is delighted to have been granted a testimonial.

He said: “I would like to thank the RFL for granting this testimonial and especially to Gary Hetherington, Paul Caddick and all the directors of Leeds Rhinos who have supported me throughout my career.

“Obviously at present it is pretty tough being on the sidelines when I want to be out there leading the boys.

“When you are unable to do the job you love through injury, it makes you appreciate the good times and will drive me on to get back fitter and stronger than ever.

“I am honoured to be granted a testimonial and follow in the footsteps of legendary former team-mates who have achieved the same accolade. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first decade at the club and look forward to making more happy memories in the future.”

His testimonial year will begin on July 1.

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