Super League: Brett Delaney signs long-term contract with the Leeds Rhinos
Last Updated: 14/08/13 11:42am
Brett Delaney: Has signed a new five-year contract with Super League champions Leeds Rhinos
Australian forward Brett Delaney has committed his long-term future to Super League champions Leeds Rhinos after signing a new five-year contract.
The 28-year-old had two years left on his existing deal, but the former Gold Coast Titan has now penned a deal that keeps him at Headingley Carnegie until the end of the 2018 season.
Delaney has denied he was looking to return to Australia after being linked with a move elsewhere, stating it was an 'easy' decision to sign on the dotted line when chief executive Gary Hetherington came knocking.
"I am very happy at the Rhinos and was happy to see out the remaining two years of my contract here and see where that took me," he told the club's official website.
"There was a lot of rubbish coming out of Australia saying that I was looking to move home but that was never my intention.
"It was flattering that clubs were enquiring about me but I have never felt more at home at a club than I do at the Rhinos.
"When Gary Hetherington offered me a five year contract, the decision was an easy one and it feels good to know that I will be playing out the remainder of my career at this great club."
"It was flattering that clubs were enquiring about me but I have never felt more at home at a club than I do at the Rhinos."
Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott insists Delaney is a key member of his championship-winning squad while he has praised the centre turned second-rower's work rate.
"Brett is a key member of our squad and coming into his best years as a forward over the next five years. His work rate and determination are incredible which is why he has so much respect from his fellow team mates and opponents," said McDermott.
"I think it is a great message for us as a club and Super League as a competition that a player of Brett's quality has committed himself in the long term to the Rhinos.
"Because this is Brett's fourth season at the club, people probably underestimate how much rugby is still in him, he came to us when he was just 24 and has become an integral part of our club in those intervening four years and I am delighted he has agreed this new contract."