Paul confirms return to union
April 23, 2008
Henry Paul will return to rugby union with National Division One side Leeds Carnegie this autumn with 'unfinished business' to attend to.
Paul, 34, will quit Harlequins rugby league side whenever their interest in the current Super League season ends to begin a two-year deal at Headingley.
A dual international - he won six caps for England during his time at Gloucester after playing 24 times for New Zealand at rugby league - this is his third switch between codes.
''A couple of things aren't finished for me,'' said Paul, who was unveiled by the relegated Guinness Premiership side this morning.
''I would love to bring a team back into the Premiership, so that is a massive goal.
''This will be my last contract, I had a great run with the national set-up in my previous spell, I thoroughly loved playing sevens but I didn't leave rugby union where I wanted to.
''I think I have been playing consistently over the last few seasons and I just want to continue that.
''My job in the team will be to let loose a few other players and tackle my guts out.''
It is 15 years since Paul began making a name for himself in rugby league a dozen miles down the road at Wakefield and he has been pencilled in to finish his career in the centre by Leeds' coaching staff.
''Players of his quality and experience rarely become available and his signing is great news for our club,'' said Leeds director of rugby Stuart
''Henry has played at the highest level consistently in both codes and his experience will be invaluable, especially with the exciting crop of youngsters we have coming into the first team.''
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