Super League: Leeds Rhinos forward Ryan Bailey signs new deal
Ryan Bailey has signed a new two-year contract with Leeds Rhinos after turning down numerous offers from NRL clubs.
Last Updated: 15/07/13 3:47pm
The England forward was out of contract at the end of the season and was the only remaining out-of-contract Leeds player not to commit his services for 2014.
But Bailey tweeted he was staying at Headingley Carnegie and the Rhinos have confirmed the news.
"This was a big decision for me and something that I had to think hard about," Bailey told Leeds' official website.
"I would like to thank all the NRL clubs who made offers to me and it was nice to know that they thought I could do a job for them down in Australia.
"However, this is my home town club and I have spent my entire life here, the club have been loyal to me and I think I have been loyal to them in return.
"Leeds Rhinos are my second family and am probably happier and more settled now than I have been at any time in my career.
"It was stressful dealing with the contract side of things but that is sorted now and I can look forward to getting back fit and finishing the season strongly."
Leeds coach Brian McDermott was also delighted a deal had been struck.
"Ryan has been huge for this club over a long period and I think it is a big thing for us that he has turned down the chance to go to the NRL to remain at Leeds and in Super League," he said.
"As someone who has come through our Academy system, he is a player that our youngsters can look towards and see that the rewards are there for you if you work hard.
"He is a special character within our group and it is great that he will be here for another two seasons at least."
Bailey has played in all six Super League Grand Final wins for the club and has made 287 appearances since making his Rhinos' debut in June 2002.