Quins RL have formally announced that skipper Rob Purdham has agreed a two year extension to his contract, taking his stay in London through to the 2009 season. The news of the extended contract is expected to be well received by fans, the popular Cumbrian is now one of the club’s longest serving players, having made over 100 appearances since signing from Whitehaven in 2002.
Purdham is a consistent, reliable and versatile presence for the Quins, although predominantly seen as a loose forward his excellent all round game allows him to play effectively as a centre, second row or stand off, an ability which has been crucial to Quins over the past four seasons. He also demonstrated this versatility in the recent Confederation Shield tournament where he skippered the England RL team’s successful campaign, a fitting reward for his consistency in Super League.
Purdham is likely to be an important player again for Quins this season, in a side which has attracted some criticism for a perceived lack of depth. His defensive capabilities will be in demand, whilst his organisational skills should complement those of new signing Danny Orr, Scott Hill and Julien Rinaldi.