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Webb agrees new deal with Rhinos

Brent Webb
Webb recently earned his 17th cap for New Zealand (Getty)

Leeds Rhinos have agreed a new three-year deal with New Zealand international Brent Webb.

Webb was due to be out of contract at the end of the current season but will now stay at Headingley at least until the end of the 2011 campaign.

The 27-year-old said: "Anyone who plays for Leeds Rhinos doesn't want to leave if it is their choice.

"This is a great club, I have great mates in the team and staying for the next three years is great for me."

Webb added: "We have worked hard to come to an agreement and this deal will take me through until I am 30 and hopefully cover the prime of my career."

"Having Brian McClennan as head coach was also a massive motivation factor for me to agree a new deal.

"Bluey has shown his commitment in wanting me to stay and that gave me the confidence to pledge my future to Leeds."

I can honestly say that this year is the best I have ever seen him play

Brian McClennan

McClennan said: "I am really delighted that Webby has agreed a new contract. He is the outstanding full back in world Rugby League and stands alone in the Super League.

"He makes the Rhinos a better side when he is in the team, he is in the prime of his career.

"Having had a bit to do with him over the years with the New Zealand side I can honestly say that this year is the best I have ever seen him play.

"Everyone in the team is happy to know that we have got a person in our group who can create fantastic opportunities so quickly and also at the back save us time and time again.

"Webby signing a new deal has certainly put a smile on everyone's face."

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