Prop Ian Kirke commits future to Leeds Rhinos

Ian Kirke
Kirke has won three Grand Finals with Leeds

Leeds Rhinos forward Ian Kirke has committed to a new two-year contract with the club.

The 30-year-old will now remain at Headingley Carnegie Stadium until at least the end of the 2013 season.

"I am pleased to have agreed the new deal, I feel I have been more consistent this year and the move to the front row is something I am enjoying," said Kirke.

"Hopefully I can develop there over the next two years."

Kirke has made 126 appearances for Leeds since making his debut in 2006, after signing from York City Knights.

He appeared in all three of the Rhinos' Grand Final successes between 2007 and 2009 and has scored eight tries in his Rhinos career.

Head coach Brian McDermott commented: "I am really pleased that Ian has agreed a new contract with the club.

"He is very consistent in what he delivers for the team on a weekly basis.

"He has still go many good years ahead of him and I have enjoyed watching his transformation into a prop during this season and I am sure there is more to come from Ian."

Kirke, who converted from the second-row at the start of this season, is the third Rhinos player to agree a fresh deal in under a week, following full-back Brent Webb and prop Kylie Leuluai.

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