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Peacock pens new Rhinos deal

England captain Jamie Peacock has signed a new two-year deal at Leeds Rhinos and says there are "exciting times ahead" at Headingley.

Peacock, 34, had been due to be out of contract at the end of the season but is now committed to the Stobart Super League champions until the end of the 2014 campaign.

The forward, who joined from Bradford in 2005, plans to retire at the end of the new agreement, by which time he will have played 16 seasons in the top flight.

"We have got some exciting times ahead for our team in the coming years with the young players coming through which is a credit to the great environment that the coaching staff have created for us to play in," Peacock told the Rhinos' official website.

"I am really confident that the sports science that we now employ in training means that I can maintain my high standards and make a contribution to the team until 2014.

"As a player the important thing is that you are working hard for yourself and to do that in the right team and the right environment.

"My hunger for success is still as huge as ever as that is important. It is not just the body that needs to be strong, your mind needs to match that burning desire to succeed and I still have both of those qualities."

Leeds coach Brian McDermott is thrilled with the news that Peacock, winner of a record seven Super League Grand Finals, will remain part of his squad over the next two years.

"Jamie is one of the true stars of our game and I am delighted he has agreed a new deal that will see him finish his career at his home town club," he said.

"To have played at the highest level for your entire career, regularly peaking at your best for the play-offs and Grand Finals at the end of the season, shows the stamina, determination and will to win that has become his trademark down the years."

Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington added: "Jamie remains an integral part of our squad and continues to defy the ageing process with his performances.

"Our game now has the benefit of sport science and in depth analysis of our players and it is human nature for players to slow down when they are in their mid-30s however Jamie continues to defy the norm.

"Our players are constantly monitored during training and in games and Jamie's ability to perform at a level of intensity over a prolonged period which is regularly higher than that of team mates who are 10 years younger than him."