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Former Leeds Rhinos star opens up on move to surprise new club

Leeds Rhinos prop Tom Holroyd

Former Leeds Rhinos star and Leigh Leopards prop, Ava Seumanufagai has found a new club after his departure from the Leopards.

The prop arrived in Super League in May 2019 with the Leeds Rhinos as they were determined to fend off the threat of relegation and Seumanufagai was crucial in turning things around even helping the club win the Challenge Cup in 2020 at an empty Wembley against Salford Red Devils.

He was set to stay at the club in 2021 but the pandemic prompted a desire to return home joining Canterbury Bulldogs in 2021 as King Vuniyayawa replaced him at Headingley.

Seumanufagai had a strong stint in Canterbury and was a major signing for the Leopards last year but after one year at the club he has returned to Australia to take on a player coaching role at Campbelltown City Kangaroos as per the Daily Telegraph.

“During the later part of my career I have become interested in coaching,” Seumanufagai said to the Daily Telegraph.

“I turned down a few other options because I see this as a good stepping stone, and I still get to play.

“Down the track I’d love to work my way towards the NRL, but I know it’s a hard gig and spots are limited.”

Arguably, the Leopards have already replaced him signing another former Leeds man in the shape of Owen Trout who arrived from Huddersfield Giants after an injury hit 2023 campaign. They have also Dan Norman from St Helens.

There are still doubts about the future of Ben Nakubuwai. The prop, who himself was linked with a move to Leeds in 2023, has not yet agreed a new deal for the 2024 season. If he does, he will take on the last quota spot at the club.

The club used their other open spot to sign the impressive Matt Moylan to partner Lachlan Lam in the halves for the 2024 season after Ben Reynolds left to join home town club Featherstone Rovers for the 2024 season.

It remains to be seen how Leigh will use their final quota spot. Will it be on Nakubuwai or perhaps a new recruit with the likes of Curtis Scott available.

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