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Ablett agrees new Rhinos deal

England international Carl Ablett has agreed a new five-year contract with Leeds Rhinos.

The 28-year-old utility player made his debut for Leeds in 2004 and has since made 195 appearances for the club.

Ablett, who featured for England in last year's World Cup, told his club's official website: "I am delighted to have agreed a new long-term deal with the club.

"Leeds is the club I grew up supporting and always wanted to play for. We have had some fantastic times in the recent past but the most exciting prospect is what this group can achieve in the future.

"We have got a great group of players for this season and everyone is hungry to get back to major finals and hopefully win more silverware. We have had a tough pre-season but everyone is in good shape and ready for Hull KR on Sunday.

Potential

"I enjoyed the experience of the World Cup with England. Being in that environment only drives you on to be even better in the future and continue to work hard.

"The Rhinos are building an exciting squad for the future with so many young stars and I hope I can play my part in helping them fulfill their potential too."

Leeds head coach Brian McDermott added: "Carl has, over the last few years, steadily progressed into not only a regular starter with Leeds Rhinos but also broken into the international team.

"He has an all round game of high quality attack supported by his sound and efficient defence that can see him play at ease either as a back row or as an attacking three quarter.

"Carl has many more years to play yet he can already look back at a hugely successful career and still be even more excited with what's on offer to him and this team in the next few seasons."