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Ex-Leeds Rhinos star set to join surprise club for 2025

Former Leeds Rhinos star Aidan Sezer is set to feature for Wests Tigers in 2024 after signing a short term deal with the club following his Leeds Rhinos exit.

Sezer starred for Canberra Raiders and Gold Coast Titans in the NRL before leaving the former at the end of 2019 to join Huddersfield Giants having just played in the 2019 NRL Grand Final.

The halfback was nominated for the Man of Steel in his first season but his second season would be hurt by injury before he joined Leeds Rhinos in 2022.

He would struggle for fitness again at Headingley but was crucial in guiding Leeds to the 2022 Grand Final.

He scored winning tries against Catalans Dragons and Castleford Tigers but went off injured in the semi-final against Wigan Warriors so missed out on the Grand Final.

At the end of 2023, he left for Wests Tigers but questions have already been raised about his future beyond the Tigers in 2025.

Serious About Rugby League understands that the halfback is likely to follow Blake Austin and others into the lower tiers down under should his contract not get extended which is likely given the arrival of Jarome Luai at the club in a $6 million (£3.1 million) move.

Sezer was originally signed at Headingley by Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield who was recently awarded a CBE.

In typical Sinfield fashion, after a trip to Manchester United, Sinfield refused to take full credit:

“I don’t think it’s just because of me. I think the whole MND community have done a wonderful job. It was really, really humbling to be at Manchester United on Wednesday and speak to players and staff and coaches about the work we’ve done.

“They’d seen it, they fully understand and are aware of what MND is and what it does now and that shows some of the impacts of what we’ve been able to do. Premiership footballers get an hard time but there’s some good people there who support and I’ll give an example, James Milner has been a massive supporter of what we’ve done years at Brighton now but during his time at Liverpool and certainly when we do the Brighton leg.

“James’s support and being part of the Derby River Foundation has been really important. There’s a number of wonderful figures across the footballing world who’ve supported Gemma Bonner, a favourite England footballer as well as running every one of the challenges we’ve done so far and we’re hoping she’ll join us again so it’s been incredible the support we’ve had.”

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