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Former Leeds Rhinos prop Zane Tetevano

Former Leeds Rhinos forward Zane Tetevano has returned to rugby league just months after announcing his retirement.

The 33-year-old joined Canterbury Bulldogs prior to this season after three years as a Leeds player.

During his final season at Headingley, Tetevano suffered a stroke in training and missed the second half of the 2023 campaign as he recovered from heart surgery.

It was announced in February that the former New Zealand international would join Canterbury Bulldogs for 2024, however, he announced his retirement two months ago after failing to reach the required standard.

But Tetevano’s time playing the game isn’t over, with confirmation today that he has signed for Wyong who play out of the Newcastle Rugby League competition in New South Wales.

It is a welcome sight for a player whose career looked to have been taken out of his own hands following last year’s stroke, but he will now finish playing the sport on his terms it seems.

Tetevano’s time at Leeds Rhinos

When Tetevano was announced as a Leeds Rhinos player at the end of 2020, he joined on a marquee contract with his reputation high after becoming one of the NRL’s leading forwards.

Over the space of a decade, Tetevano excelled in Australia and won multiple Grand Finals with the Sydney Roosters, while also spending time playing for Newcastle Knights and Penrith Panthers.

It was reported that he earned over £200,000 per year during his three years with Leeds, but he failed to bring the Rhinos that extra edge as they struggled for consistency during his time at Headingley.

Despite that, he did play a part in the club’s miraculous run to the 2022 Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford, after sitting bottom of the league earlier that season.

Tetevano’s final year ended in concerning fashion though, after he was rushed to hospital during a training session as staff started to notice the prop slurring his words.

It was later confirmed he had suffered a stroke and despite successful heart surgery, Tetevano wouldn’t return to the pitch again for Leeds.

In total, Tetevano played 47 times for the Rhinos, scoring three tries, with his last game coming in a convincing Round 11 victory over Wigan Warriors in early May.

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