Kirke commits future to Rhinos

Leeds forward Ian Kirke has committed to a new two year contract with the club and believes he and his team mates are ready to challenge for silverware once again this season.

The Rhinos narrowly lost at Champions Wigan last Friday night and face a massive challenge against high flying Catalan Dragons this Sunday in Perpignan before a back to back clash with Hull FC that culminates in a Challenge Cup Quarter Final at KC Stadium at the end of the month.

Kirke, 30, will remain at Headingley Carnegie until at least the end of the 2013 season. He commented, “I am pleased to have agreed the new deal. It wasn’t something that was really weighing on my mind but it means that I can concentrate on my rugby for the next two years and have the security for aspects of my life outside of the game.

“I feel I have been more consistent this year and the move to the front row is something I am enjoying. The work rate is much higher than the back row and you don’t get a rest whilst you are out there. It is a relentless position and hopefully I can develop there over the next two years.”

Head Coach Brian McDermott commented, “I am really pleased that Ian has agreed a new contract with the club. He is very consistent in what he delivers for the team on a weekly basis. He has still go many good years ahead of him and I have enjoyed watching his transformation into a prop during this season and I am sure there is more to come from Ian.

Kirke has made 126 appearances for Leeds since making his debut in 2006 after signing from York City Knights. He appeared in all three of the Rhinos Grand Final success between 2007 and 2009 and has scored eight tries in his Rhinos career.

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