Leeds reward trio with new contracts
Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Carl Ablett and Luke Briscoe have put pen to paper on new contracts with Leeds Rhinos.
Veteran pair Jones-Buchanan and Ablett, who have a combined age of 69, were out of contract at the conclusion of the 2018 campaign.
Rhinos were reluctant to let the experienced duo depart and after weeks of negotiations they have now handed out new deals.
They will report for the start of pre-season on Monday with the rest of the squad with Jones-Buchanan expected to retire at the end of 2019.
Rhinos director of rugby Kevin Sinfield said: "Jamie and Carl are outstanding clubmen who epitomise the culture and ethos we cherish here at Leeds.
"However, more importantly both players are still able to do a valuable job for the team on the field as well and have earned their new deals.”
Meanwhile, 24-year-old Briscoe is back in Headingley after spending last season on-loan with Featherstone Rovers.
The winger impressed with the Championship side, scoring tries in 17 consecutive games to equal the all-time British record, and he will look to fill the void left by Ryan Hall.
Sinfield added: "There has never been any question over Luke's ability however his early career was frustrated by injuries.
"He is a great example to any young player who suffers a setback. He has continued to work hard, listen to his coaches and give his very best every time he steps onto the field and deserves this contract with the Rhinos."
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