Pendlebury commits to Leeds
Lock insists his first priority was always staying at Carnegie
By Tony Curtis - Twitter: @SkySportsTC. Last Updated: June 2, 2011 7:28am
Pendlebury: Delighted to have agreed a new deal
Leeds have been buoyed by news that Jon Pendlebury has agreed a new two-year deal to remain at the club.
The former Gloucester lock had been linked with a return to Rotherham, particularly after he had been set to join his former side on loan last season.
"However, the start of pre-season and the arrival of a new head coach makes it a fresh start for me and I can not wait to get back out there."
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However the 28-year-old, who is now back to full fitness after injury wrecked his 2010/11 campaign, insists he relishing the chance of helping Leeds bounce back to the Aviva Premiership.
"It was a frustrating season for me last year because of the injury and it was obviously frustrating for the rest of the guys because of the results on the field," he told the official Leeds site.
"However, the start of pre-season and the arrival of a new head coach makes it a fresh start for me and I can not wait to get back out there.
"I had agreed to join Rotherham on loan last season as a way of getting some gametime when I was fit and ready to play again.
"Unfortunately by the time I was fit, Rotherham had no more games and it never worked out however there was some misperception that I had signed for them for this season, which was not the case.
"My intention was always to try and prove my worth to Leeds Carnegie. I was fit for the last four games of the season but unfortunately did not have the opportunity to show what I can do.
"The club are in a tough position at the moment but we will all be pulling together to get us back in to the Aviva Premiership next season.
"We return for pre-season training on June 13 and the new head coach will be in place by then and we can start to look forward and put the past behind us."