This was originally reported by the Newcastle Herald at the start of December before they reported that it was virtually a done deal at the end of December.
Now, more reports in Australia suggest the move is near completion as Tetevano prepares for his return to club rugby.
Tetevano’s Leeds career ended abruptly after he suffered a stroke whilst training due to a hole in his heart. He has successful surgery but was later released from his contract so he could return home.
He made a triumphant return to the field for the Cook Islands in the Pacific Championships and is now set to link back up with the Wyong Roosters.
Zane Tetevano’s Leeds Rhinos career
Leeds Rhinos captured New Zealand international forward Zane Tetevano from NRL side Penrith Panthers on a three year deal ahead of the 2021 Super League season.
Over his first two years in blue and amber, the forward accrued 31 appearances in all competitions and three tries, plus he also started at loose forward in the 2022 Grand Final.
Prior to his move to Leeds, Tetevano featured in two NRL Grand Finals, including the 2020 clash with Melbourne Storm for the Panthers. He started his NRL career with Newcastle Knights, joining the club in 2008 as a teenager from Tokoroa, in New Zealand’s Waikato region. He made his NRL debut in 2011 and played alongside former Rhino Adam Cuthbertson at the Knights, before spending three seasons at the Roosters, where he played in the 2018 Grand Final win as well as winning the World Club Challenge against Wigan in 2019.
Tetevano had a mixed time at Leeds but when he was in red hot form he was brilliant for the Rhinos such as the run to the 2022 Grand Final. This came as the Rhinos moved Tetevano into the backrow, a position he hadn’t played in years, and he relished it.