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Leeds Rhinos star Kallum Watkins to join NRL side Gold Coast Titans

Leeds Rhinos and England star Kallum Watkins is set to join NRL side Gold Coast Titans from July 1st.

Kallum Watkins will join the Titans from July 1st Credit: Press Association

The Rhinos had already confirmed that the centre would leave the club at the end of the current season but the opportunity to join the Titans on a long term contract has resulted in the club agreeing to release Watkins to move to Australia at the end of the month.

Watkins captained the Rhinos tonight in their Betfred Super League clash with Wigan Warriors at Emerald Headingley.

I am excited to be going to the Titans and the new challenge for me and my family. It has all happened so quickly but my focus for now is on helping the Rhinos climb the table. I have had so much great support from our fans, sponsors players and staff and I will be doing my best, as I always do, before I leave.

– Kallum Watkins

When we announced Kallum would be leaving at the end of the season, given his long and outstanding service to the club, it was agreed that if a long term opportunity arose we would release him sooner and is departure then gives us flexibility within the salary cap this season to strengthen our squad if the right player becomes available.

– Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington