8:46am Friday 23rd March 2012
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England captain Jamie Peacock is to play on beyond his 36th birthday after agreeing a new two-year contract with Super League champions Leeds.
Peacock, who turned 34 in December, was due to be out of contract at the end of the year but will now stay with the Rhinos until the end of the 2014 campaign, which will be his 16th season as a professional.
The former Bradford forward insists he will then definitely retire from playing, and said: "I am really confident that the sports science that we now employ in training means that I can maintain my high standards and make a contribution to the team until 2014."
He added: "As a player the important thing is that you are working hard for yourself and to do that in the right team and the right environment.
"My hunger for success is still as huge as ever as that is important. It is not just the body that needs to be strong, your mind needs to match that burning desire to succeed and I still have both of those qualities."
Peacock, who has won a record seven Super League Grand Finals and earlier this year tasted his fourth World Club Challenge success, will not be the oldest player in Super League.
Catalan Dragons' Australian second rower Steve Menzies turns 38 in June while Warrington captain Adrian Morley, who is 35 in May, is expected to play on next season.
Leeds chief executive Gary Hetherington said: "Jamie remains an integral part of our squad and continues to defy the ageing process with his performances.
"Our game now has the benefit of sport science and in-depth analysis of our players and it is human nature for players to slow down when they are in their mid-30s, however Jamie continues to defy the norm.
"Our players are constantly monitored during training and in games and Jamie's ability to perform at a level of intensity over a prolonged period which is regularly higher than that of team-mates who are 10 years younger than him."
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