Paul Aiton to swap Leeds for Catalans

Leeds Rhinos have confirmed that Paul Airton is set to leave the club at the end of the season, and move to Catalans Dragons.

The 30-year-old Papua New Guinea international signed a three-year deal with Leeds when he joined them from Wakefield in 2013.

The deal included an option to terminate in the final year for player or club, and Aiton has decided to take that option.

“I have been speaking with the club for a number of months now, and unfortunately we have been unable to reach an agreement for next year and beyond,” said Aiton.

“I remain totally committed to the Rhinos cause for the remainder of the season and want to finish my time at the club on the best possible note.

“Unfortunately as a professional rugby player you have to make tough decision like this for yourself and your family as our earning potential is only over a short period of time compared to everyone else.

“I will leave the Rhinos at the end of the season with great mates for life and hopefully even more fantastic memories.”

Leeds coach Brian McDermott is sad to see the player’s time at Headingley come to an end.

He said: “Paul has shown good form this season and I, and the club wanted him to stay, but I respect his decision and I have no doubt he will continue to perform to his best until the end of the season.”

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