Ryan Hall and Zak Hardaker were once teammates, winning every competition possible in rugby league.
Super League, the Challenge Cup and the League Leaders’ Shield all fell into the Leeds Rhinos’ lap in 2015, but whilst Hall continued for more years at Headingley, Hardaker was on his way out.
Hardaker ended up moving to Penrith Panthers and then Castleford Tigers permanently in 2017, but Hall believes it’s only a matter of time before Hardaker gets Leeds firing again.
“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind for him, I heard a rumour that they (Leeds) were trying to get Zak on a short-term loan because of real injuries,” Hall said.
“As soon as it came out that he was leaving Wigan I thought that would be the best destination would be for him.
“He was wanting to come back to Yorkshire and he’s coming back to a familiar place – he had success there and obviously wants to breed some more of that success.”
Hall also believes that Hardaker’s problem gets noticed more because of his name.
“I really get on well with Zak, I’ve got a good professional relationship with him on the field and I know he can bring that side to Leeds.
“He’s got a bit of history there but every player has, his is just more public than others. players might do some bad stuff and get away with it but Zak always gets found out.
“It’s no coincidence that he leaves a club straightaway because he’s got that talent on the field.”
Hardaker will likely be thrown into the mire for Leeds against Hull KR on Friday.