His last stint in the NRL was with the Cronulla Sharks but Matt Prior has now become a key figure for English side, the Leeds Rhinos.

Prior has signed a new two-year deal with the Rhinos and has previously captained the side.

A dual grand final winner and Challenge Cup winner with Leeds, Prior is pleased to have the chance to stay at the club.

I am really pleased to have got it sorted as it has been going on for a little while now,” Prior said.

“I can focus on my footy now for the remainder of the season.

“The club offered me another year on top of the additional season I had an option for and I was glad to accept that as there are some exciting times ahead here at the Rhinos.”

Although Prior admits that the initial move to Leeds was a difficult one due to COVID, he knew it was the right call to stay.

“It has been tough since we moved to England because of the Covid restrictions but there is light at the end of the tunnel now and I think the best is yet to come for me, my family, and the Rhinos in my time at the club,” Prior continued.

The now veteran prop believes Leeds is in a good spot with the mix of talent and experience/youth that they have at their disposal.

“I love the club. I have really enjoyed coming to training every day,” Prior said.

” The boys are a great bunch of blokes to be around and that is massive for me. The club as a whole is in a really good spot in terms of the make-up of our squad.

We have got a lot of good young guys coming through but we’ve also got some good senior blokes too. It’s a good club to be part of and I think it is a good time to be here.”

Leeds head coach Richard Agar also praised the signing, knowing how important Prior is to the side.

“Matt has been fantastic for us during his time at the club and I don’t think you can underestimate how important this new deal is for the club and him,” Agar said.

“I know he has become a fans favourite and it will be great to see the reception he gets tonight when our fans return for the game against Salford.”

Matt Prior during his Cronulla Sharks days

By ricky

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