Gary Hetherington has said that reports down under linking Leeds with Cronulla’s Luke Lewis are made-up and the club won’t be swapping him for James Segeyaro.
The Rhinos Chief Executive has also revealed that he will be standing firm on $400,000 the transfer fee for Segeyaro who remains out in the cold, with no NRL clubs prepared to pay the sum.
“There is a story doing the rounds in Sydney that we are after a swap deal to get Luke Lewis. That is a made-up story. There is absolutely no truth in it at all.” Hetherington told Fairfax Media.
PNG hooker Segeyaro signed a two-year deal with Leeds at the end of last year but when he returned to Australia in the off-season, his manager said the 26-year-old was homesick and would not be returning to England.
Speaking with AAP, Hetherington said: “I was bitterly disappointed when they told me James wasn’t coming back and I told them what the consequences would be.
“I am making the stand for the integrity of the game and for fans who pay money to watch rugby league every week. This kind of thing has started to happen a lot and we need to make sure it stops. It’s not right.
“He had until September to tell us if he wanted to invoke that clause but he told us he was happy to stay and made statements of intent to that effect.”