- Former England U20 captain agrees one year contract
- Rowan has been a stand out player for us this season - Edwards
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Leeds Carnegie have been handed a timely boost as they begin their promotion push in the next month with the news that former England U20 captain Jacob Rowan has agreed a new one year contract extension.
Leeds were frustrated again this weekend after their Championship clash at Nottingham was postponed for the second week running and now face a hectic final week of the regular season starting next Sunday at Headingley Carnegie against Esher. However, the news that one of England's brightest young talents is staying with Leeds next season will have lifted some of the annoyance after another weekend without rugby.
Rowan, who turns 22 on Tuesday, has become a mainstay of the Leeds Carnegie side this season despite his tender years and captained Leeds in the absence of Andy Titterrell during the Christmas and New Year period. He was due to be out of contract at the end of the season but is now committed to Leeds Carnegie for next season. He has started all 19 games this season in the Championship and scored four tries.
Commenting on the new deal, Keighley-born Rowan said: “We are set for some really exciting times at Leeds Carnegie and I want to be part of that next season. I am pleased with how things have gone this season so far. We have got a lot of young talent within the squad and Diccon Edwards has given us all a chance to show what we can do.
“I enjoyed the experience of captaining the side when Andy Titterrell was out through injury and then on loan at Sale Sharks but my job was made easier by the fact that we have so many leaders on the park.”
I am committed to Leeds Carnegie - Rowan
Rowan has spent time on loan with Doncaster, Otley and Nottingham in his formative years but has now made 40 appearances for Leeds Carnegie. He can play anywhere in the back row and is part of a rich heritage of Leeds Academy back rowers who have captained England at Under 20 level following Calum Clark and succeeded currently by Chris Walker.
He said: “I am committed to Leeds Carnegie regardless of what division we are in next season but obviously all of us are working hard to try and make sure that is the Aviva Premiership. I know a lot of the other lads are also looking to agree new deals and the club are well down the line with their recruitment plans for next season so the spirit within the club is good.
“There is a great unity in the squad and we have a collective goal that we all want to achieve together. We have got three games to go in the Championship before the play offs begin and we are really ambitious about the end to the season and our promotion push,” added Rowan.
Leeds Carnegie Head Coach Diccon Edwards said: “It is really pleasing for Jacob and for the club that he has agreed a new deal with Leeds Carnegie. He has been a stand out player for us this season and his leadership skills on and off the pitch have been a huge boost to our promotion push.
“His show of loyalty by agreeing a new deal will hopefully be the first of a number of new contracts we are able to announce with our young stars in the next few weeks,” added Edwards.
The Leeds Head Coach developed Rowan through the Academy ranks in his previous role as Academy Manager and he says that he has a bright future at the very highest level in front of him.
He added: “I have known Jacob for a number of years and he is a player with immense talent and prospects. He can play at 6, 7 or 8 and he has taken on the responsibility of leading the team this season without any effect on his own game. Defensively he sets a great example for his team mates and likewise is preparation and professional approach to all aspects of his life are something that all young players can learn from.”