Leeds Rhinos tie down off-contract forward to new deal: ‘An outstanding professional and role model’

Drew Darbyshire
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James Donaldson celebrates a Leeds Rhinos try - Alamy

Leeds Rhinos have given forward James Donaldson a one-year contract extension, keeping him at Headingley until at least the end of 2024.

The 31-year-old was out of contract at the end of the season, but he has now put pen to paper on a new one-year deal with the Super League giants.

Donaldson, who recently made his 100th appearance for Leeds, has been granted a three-month testimonial for his services to the sport by the Rugby Football League.

On his new deal, Donaldson said: “I will always be grateful to Leeds for giving me the opportunity to come to this great club.

“I have gone on to win a Challenge Cup and appear in a Grand Final, and hopefully, there are more good times ahead for this exciting group of players.

“I moved away from my home in Cumbria when I was still at school to pursue my dream of playing rugby league and, despite some ups and downs along the way, I still love playing the game.”


Rohan Smith delighted to extend Jame Donaldson’s time with Leeds Rhinos

The Cumbrian forward has made more than 250 career appearances for Bradford Bulls, Hull KR and Leeds.

Rhinos coach Rohan Smith said: “James is an outstanding professional and a role model for any young player.

“His self belief and determination have been evident throughout his career and he is someone who always puts the team first and will make the sacrifices for his mates, which unsurprisingly is why he is so well liked and respected in the dressing room by players and coaches alike.

“I can think of no one more deserving of a testimonial from the game than James after all he has given the sport and I hope everyone can support the events for him.”

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