Retirement not on cards for Leulaui

Leeds Rhinos' Kylie Leuluai.
Leeds Rhinos' Kylie Leuluai.
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VETERAN Leeds Rhinos prop Kylie Leuluai says he is “not ready to finish” having signed a new one-year deal that takes him towards his 38th birthday, writes Dave Craven.

Leuluai, a cornerstone of Leeds’ success since joining from Manly Sea Eagles in 2007, put off retiring last year to do one more campaign.

However, given his continued rich form, the powerful New Zealander has opted to extend his glittering career even further.

“I’m enjoying playing the game and I’m not ready to finish yet,” said Leuluai, who draws level in fourth with the legendary Australian Arthur Clues on the club’s overseas players appearance list when he plays his 236th game for them against Bradford Bulls tomorrow night.

“The decision was always going to be performance-related, especially in my position and what I can do for the team.

“There are certain levels and requirements that are required of you in any team, but especially with this group of players, and, like any job, you have to be able to meet those.”

Leuluai, 36, is certainly currently doing that given he has made more metres per carry than any other forward at Headingley this season.

He is one of only five props throughout Super League who has averaged over eight metres in that field.