Rhinos keep hold of Hall
McDermott believes deal is a major boost for rugby league
Last Updated: 17/01/12 10:35am
Ryan Hall: Described as a 'natural born finisher' by his current boss at Headingley
Ryan Hall has given Leeds a major boost ahead of the 2012 Super League season by signing a new five-year contract.
The England international still had three years to run on his previous deal but the Rhinos have now agreed terms to keep him at Headingley until the end of 2017.
Hall has scored over a century of tries since making his first-team debut back in 2007, helping the Rhinos to Grand Final victories in both 2008 and last season.
"It is good to commit to the club," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post. "People talk about one-club men and I like the idea of that. Being a Leeds lad, it appeals to me.
"With the success we've had over the last few years, it wasn't a hard decision for me to make."
The new contract will stop any interest in the player from the NRL, as well as any clubs in rugby union hoping to tempt the 24-year-old to switch to the 15-man code.
"Rugby league careers can end in an instant, if you get a bad injury or something like that, so it is great to get some long-term security," he added.
Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott reckons keeping Hall, who he describes as a "natural born finisher", is not only a big thing for Leeds but also for the sport of rugby league in general.
"I think as a sport we should be very happy that a player of Ryan Hall's calibre has committed his future to our game," he said.
"Ryan is a natural born finisher who has an innate ability to get the ball over the line when opportunities come his way.
"To have consistently scored 30 or more tries in the last three seasons speaks for itself."
Hall is set to make his first appearance in pre-season when the reigning champions take on Featherstone Rovers in Rob Burrow's testimonial game on Friday night.