Kallum Watkins to join NRL club before end of season

Drew Darbyshire

Leeds centre Kallum Watkins has agreed to join NRL side Gold Coast Titans from July 1, 2019.

The Rhinos had already confirmed the England international would leave the club at the end of the current season but the opportunity to join the Titans on a long-term contract has resulted in Leeds agreeing to release Watkins earlier than expected.

Watkins captained the Rhinos in their 23-14 defeat to Wigan at Emerald Headingley on Friday night.

Rhinos director of rugby Kevin Sinfield commented: “Kallum has been a tremendous servant to the club.

“Having come through as a teenager, it has been a pleasure to see him develop into a world class player for club and country.

“Whilst we are disappointed to be losing him, he will leave with our best wishes and thanks. I am sure over the remaining games he will play his part so that he leaves us in the best possible manner.

“We are working hard behind the scenes to strengthen the squad for this season and the future and that work continues.”

Watkins added: “I am excited to be going to the Titans and the new challenge for me and my family.

“It has all happened so quickly but my focus for now is on helping the Rhinos climb the table.

“I have had so much great support from our fans, sponsors players and staff and I will be doing my best, as I always do, before I leave.”

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