Leeds Rhinos forward Carl Ablett signs five-year deal

Carl Ablett

Leeds Rhinos back-row forward Carl Ablett has signed a new five-year deal.

The 26-year-old made his Super League debut in 2004 and has made 150 appearances for the Headingley side.

"It's great for Carl, he's been very consistent this year," coach Brian McDermott told BBC Radio Leeds.

"He's getting involved in tries and coming up with some big plays. I'd put his name in the hat for England because I think he'd give them something they lack at the moment."

Ablett becomes the second Rhinos player to agree a new long-term deal this month after young centre Zak Hardaker also signed a five-year deal.

Meanwhile, the Rhinos have received a boost with news that Kallum Watkins' knee injury is not as bad as initially feared.

The centre picked up the injury in the win over Bradford on Sunday but only requires minor surgery and should be back in four weeks.