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Rhinos sign Brisbane Broncos prop Mitch Garbutt

Leeds Rhinos have signed Brisbane Broncos prop Mitch Garbutt, 26, on a two and half year contract.

Mitch Garbutt Credit: www.broncos.com.au

The former Melbourne Storm front rower will arrive in Leeds this Saturday and begin training with his new team mates on Monday ahead of the Rhinos top of the table clash with St Helens next Friday, 3rd July at Headingley Carnegie.

I was very excited when the opportunity came up to sign with such a great club as Leeds. The Rhinos are such a successful side with a mix of youth and experience and this is a great opportunity to kick on with my own career as part of that group. I have watched the team on television over here and the side are always competitive and, more often than not, come away with the win which is an exciting thing I want to be part of.

– Mitch Garbutt

We are delighted to welcome Mitch to the club. I have spoken to a number of people in Australia who rate him and the job he can do for a team. He is someone I have been looking at for some time and I think his style of play will fit well within our team and the Super League competition.

– Brian McDermott, Leeds Rhinos Head Coach

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Anderson extends Giants stay

Huddersfield Giants Head Coach Paul Anderson has signed an agreement to remain in-charge until the end of the 2017 season.

Credit: Press Association

The 43-year-old took the role in late 2012 from Nathan Brown and led the claret and gold to the League Leaders Shield in his first year. He followed it up with a third-placed finish last season.

My continuation here has never really been an issue to me as the club has always been good to their word and I’m happy we are now able to announce it. I am proud to coach this club and work with good people who have the right ethics I believe to take us forward. I know the ambition here is huge and that’s great as it matches mine in wanting to be the first coach that delivers a major trophy to the Club.

– Paul Anderson

Doncaster appoint Gary Thornton as head coach

Former Batley and York head coach Gary Thornton has been unveiled by Kingstone Press Championship club Doncaster as the successor to Paul Cooke.

Doncaster appoint Gary Thornton as head coach

The 34-year-old Thornton was in charge of Batley from 2003-09 and was last season named Championship 1 coach of the year after guiding York to a first-placed finish.

Former Doncaster captain Peter Green will join Thornton's backroom team as assistant coach in time for Sunday's game at Bradford.

Doncaster chief executive Carl Hall said: "I think Gary is a good fit for this club to take us forward on and off the field. He has a proven track record at this level of rugby league and I wish him the best of luck in the job."

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Rovers duo discard contract release clauses

Overseas duo Albert Kelly and Maurice Blair have declared their commitment to Hull KR for 2016 by discarding release clauses in their contracts.

Maurice Blair (above) and Albert Kelly to stay at Hull KR until the end of 2016 Credit: Press Association

The former Gold Coast Titans team-mates had options to return to the NRL at the end of their first season in Super League but the deadline expired on Sunday and Rovers say both players have opted to stay at the club next season.

The announcement comes two months after club captain Terry Campese agreed a two-year extension to his initial 12-month contract.

Hull KR coach Chester said: "It is really important for us moving forwards that we retain our best players and Albert and Bobby certainly fit into that category.

"Bobby has done a great job in the halves over the last month and we've already seen his quality and versatility at centre and in the back row. Albert is a special talent who has made a huge impact on the competition and he is a player that supporters are excited to watch.

"For both players to want to stay at the club shows we are heading in the right direction and really highlights the spirit and togetherness within the squad."

Kelly said: "Bobby and I are good friends and I know I speak for the both of us when I say we are really enjoying our time over here at Hull KR and the style of rugby played in the Super League competition.

"We're enjoying living in the UK, as are my family, and we're exciting about being part of this club."

Super League set for magic weekend

Thousands of rugby league fans will make the journey up to Newcastle tomorrow for the annual Magic Weekend event.

One of the most anticipated fixtures at St James' Park will be the meeting of Hull FC and Hull Kingston Rovers.

Despite Rovers coming out on top the last time the sides met in March their head coach Chris Chester believes his team are underdogs:

Meanwhile the final match of the weekend sees Super League leaders Leeds take on third placed Wigan, and skipper Kevin Sinfield says his team are out for revenge for their previous two Magic Weekend defeats:

Ferres rejects NRL to commit to Giants

Huddersfield's England forward Brett Ferres has rejected advances from the NRL to commit his future to the Super League club.

Huddersfield's England forward Brett Ferres has rejected advances from the NRL to commit his future to the Super League club. Credit: Press Association

The 29-year-old former Bradford, Wakefield and Castleford second rower, who is vice-captain of the Giants, has signed a contract extension that will keep him at the John Smith's Stadium to the end of 2019.

Ferres joined Huddersfield on a five-year deal in 2012 but had a release clause enabling him to move overseas at the end of this season.

Huddersfield have been very good to me and since being here I've moved into the England set-up, which was one of my aims, and we've established ourselves at the top end of the table. I did have the option to go to the NRL at the end of this season but, with Huddersfield wanting me longer term and the security that brought with it to me and the family who are very settled here, I was only too happy to stay.

– Brett Ferres

Ferres has made 72 appearances for the Giants and made his England debut in the 2013 World Cup.

Brett is an international-quality player and every team needs those guys to lead and perform well both on and off the field. He is one of our go-to men when we need a play and a leader and someone who would enhance any team in the competition. His retention long term is great news for the club and the UK Super League as a whole as we were aware of interest elsewhere in his services.

– Paul Anderson, Huddersfield Giants head coach
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