Leeds Rhinos alongside clubs like Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves, Hull FC, Hull KR and Huddersfield Giants have confirmed some major signings for 2024.
The Rhinos are bringing star fullback Lachie Miller in from NRL club Newcastle Knights as well as prop Mickael Goudemand from Super League rivals Catalans Dragons.
They are also expected to confirm the signing of Canberra Raiders halfback and former Huddersfield Giants star Matt Frawley.
But with Sam Walters going and the news around Zane Tetevano, the Rhinos appear set to chase a middle forward.
Rohan Smith was open earlier this year about wanting more middles and Tetevano’s release makes this more important.
He has confirmed his exit from the club with a heart felt statement.
Out of contract, he took to social media to say: “A closing of another chapter, it’s been a pleasure and honour to be able to call Leeds / Headingley home the past three years, being presented my jersey by the great Sir Kev and Rob Burrow you’ll cherish.
“It has been a challenge one this, it is what it is. Best fans in the game, small thank you for being supportive in my time especially thus year doesn’t go unnoticed. Thank you.”
Leeds have now confirmed he has been released from his contract saying:
“Leeds Rhinos have announced that forward Zane Tetevano has returned home to New Zealand after agreeing an early release from his contract.
“Tetevano was contracted until the end of the current season but, following his heart surgery earlier this year, he will be unable to return to action this year so has been released to return home to begin the next chapter of his career.
“Tetevano joined the Rhinos in 2021 from Penrith Panthers having played for New Zealand in both wins over Great Britain on the Lions tour in 2019. The prop made 47 appearances for the Rhinos in three seasons at Headingley, scoring three tries.”
Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Rohan Smith said, “Everyone at the Rhinos wishes Zanewell as he leaves the club and thanks him for his efforts during his time at Headingley. It has been a tough period for him this season, but he is set to make a full recovery thankfully, and his health has always been our priority.”
Tetevano, 32, commented, “I would like to thank everyone at the Rhinos for the support they have given me over the last three years. Especially I would like to thank all the staff at the Leeds General Infirmary who have looked after me so much since my stroke and heart operation. I will always remember my time in Leeds fondly, and I wish Rohan and the team all the best for the rest of this season and the years ahead.”