Watkins to leave struggling Rhinos

Long-serving captain Kallum Watkins will leave struggling Leeds Rhinos at the end of the Super League season.

The England centre made his Rhinos debut aged just 17 and has gone on to score 101 tries in 256 appearances for the club.

Watkins has two years to run on his contract, but the 28-year-old and Leeds have mutually agreed that he can cut that short.

The influential Watkins is open to a move to the NRL or a rival Super League side.

"This was an incredibly tough decision for me to arrive at especially as I was happy to remain at the club for the remainder of my contract," he said.

"However, this is an agreement that suits myself and the club. I am 28 and looking forward to a new challenge - whether in Super League or abroad - and I wish the club all the best for the years ahead."

Leeds' director of rugby Kevin Sinfield said: "First and foremost, I would like to thank Kallum for his outstanding service to the club and, in particular, his complete professionalism throughout this process.

"Kallum is aware of our plans for the squad moving forward and the restrictions that the salary cap has on our ability to develop this group of players.

"Kallum is one of the greatest talents this club has produced, and I know he will be giving his absolute all for the remainder of the season to make sure he finishes his time here on the best possible note."

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