Leeds star Rhyse Martin extends Headingley stay

Leeds’ goal-kicking forward Rhyse Martin has agreed a contract extension for the 2022 season.

The 28-year-old has made 45 appearances for the Rhinos since arriving at Headingley midway through the 2019 season from NRL side Canterbury Bulldogs.

Martin is one of the most accurate goal-kickers in Super League, with the Papua New Guinea captain having an 83.72% success rate with the boot.

Martin said: “I am pleased to have got my future agreed. It took a bit longer than we all wanted but I am very happy to have got it sorted now and I’m looking forward to finishing this year without that on my mind and finishing the season strongly. 

There is a good spirit in the camp at the moment ahead of a big game against Hull FC this Saturday at the Magic Weekend. It feels like the play offs are starting early. They are in the same boat as us whereby every win is crucial. We have to focus on our performance and hopefully it will be one of the games of the season for us and we can get the win.

Rhinos coach Richard Agar said: “I am pleased for Rhyse that he has agreed a new deal. I know he has felt at home here at the Rhinos and is an integral part of our squad.

“His goal-kicking has been a big asset to our team this season and he is a popular member of our group. He will be a big part of our squad next season as we look to build strength in our pack in particular.”

Martin helped Leeds win the Challenge Cup at Wembley last season as they beat Salford in the final.

He has won 11 caps for Papua New Guinea and played for the Kumuls in the 2017 World Cup. Martin also played in the Nines World Cup in 2019.

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