Zak Hardaker transfer listed by Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos have announced that Zak Hardaker has been placed on the transfer list with immediate effect – with the club placing a £300,000 valuation on his head.

Leeds chief executive Gary Hetherington said: “We have agreed with Zak that the opportunity to continue his career at another club is in both parties best interests.

“Zak has established his credentials as a world-class player and at the age of 24 he has so much to look forward to.  He has given great service to the Rhinos as a fullback, winger and centre and he will remain part of our squad until a transfer is agreed.  I have no doubt he will continue to give his best as he always does.”

“I explained my desire to leave and test myself in the NRL to Gary several weeks ago and I am pleased the club is prepared to release me.  I have had five great years here and have had so many wonderful times,” Hardaker said.  I will continue to help the team whilst I am here but I am also excited with what the future may hold for me.”

Rhinos coach Brian McDermott said: “Zak is a special talent and a fierce competitor who will do well wherever he plays.  We won’t be quite the same without him, but we’ve come to this decision and he will leave with our best wishes.”