Leeds linked with Cronulla forward

Leeds Rhinos are chasing Cronulla Sharks’ Ava Seumanafagai according to reports Down Under.

The Daily Telegraph claim that the NRL outfit will offload the valued forward in a bid to reduce their salary cap before the opening round of the season.

Seumanafagai, who is also attracting interest from St George Illawarra, made 13 appearances for the Sharks last season after signing from Wests Tigers.

The 27-year-old started his career with Parramatta Eels before he was picked up by the Tigers, making 105 appearances over five years for the Western Sydney outfit.

Seumanafagai is off contract at the end of the season and it’s believed Cronulla have given the New Zealander permission to speak with other clubs.

Leeds head coach David Furner has recently stated that he is happy with his team’s current forward options, but the Rhinos do have space on their cap should they decide to strengthen.

Having recently allowed Jack Ormondroyd, Josh Walters and Anthony Mullally to leave, Furner could be tempted by Seumanafagai who will add size and athleticism to the Rhinos pack.