‘One of the best in England’ – Leeds Rhinos star on why he has committed long-term future to the club

Drew Darbyshire
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Ash Handley has committed his long-term future to Leeds Rhinos after agreeing a new deal that will see him stay at Headingley until at least the end of 2026.

The 27-year-old winger has scored 107 tries in 183 games for the Rhinos since making his first team debut back in 2014.

Handley made his international debut for England in their mid-season 64-0 win over France, scoring a hat-trick.

On his new deal, Handley said: “It was a big decision for me, especially with a young family to think about now.

“It was important to take my time to make the right decision and I am delighted to be staying.

“I have been here all my career and I love this club. I want to be part of it and I want to help the club get back up to where we want to be.

“I’m learning all the time and that has helped me mature as a player. The club is one the best in England for how they treat people, players and everyone connected to the club which makes it a real honour to be here for another three years.

“There is a good core group of players here who all care about getting the club back where it wants to be and I am delighted to still be a part of that.”

Leeds Rhinos boss delighted to keep Ash Handley for the long-term

Rhinos coach Rohan Smith said: “I am delighted that Ash has committed to a new contract with the club.

“He had one year remaining on his current deal so it is good to have got his future sorted before he enters the final year of his contract.

“Ash is one of our leaders in the group and a vastly experienced player in Super League.

“He loves the club and is a great role model for our young players.

“He received a well-deserved call up to the England squad this year and I am looking forward to even more from Ash in the years ahead.”

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