On Friday, Leeds signing Zane Tetevano spoke to the media for the first time since arriving in West Yorkshire. He spoke about the history of the club and his excitement at beginning life in Super League. But he also took the time to identify who he thinks is Super League’s greatest of all time.
The New Zealand international was released from the last year of his contract at Penrith Panthers to join Leeds ahead of the 2021 campaign ending the Rhinos’ quest to bring in a big forward which started this time last year.
Tetevano has played in the last two NRL Grand Finals winning the 2019 title decider with Sydney Roosters before helping Penrith to the final last season. He also featured for New Zealand against Great Britain in 2019 and will have his eyes set on the World Cup this Autumn.
His move to Headingley was announced on Christmas day and Rhinos fans have been excited to see their new recruit ever since and yesterday he produced a classy interview with members of the media.
He spoke about the history of the club and what it means which will have pleased Rhinos fans far and wide. The former Sydney prop clearly understands what it means to be a Rhino and appears set to try and live up to the history created by the Golden Generation. He will have history quite literally riding on his back having been awarded the number 13 shirt which was once worn by former Rhinos skipper Kevin Sinfield.
Sinfield was the man who brought Tetevano to the club and has been identified by the new Leeds recruit as Super League’s greatest of all time: “When you get a phone call from Kevin Sinfield, you listen, he’s the G.O.A.T of Super League.”
As Super League’s most successful captain, highest appearance maker and top scorer, Sinfield sure is a legend of the summer era and should Tetevano achieve half as much as Sinfield he’ll become a fan favourite at Headingley.
Tetevano could make his official Rhinos debut in Super League Round 1 in a West Yorkshire derby against Wakefield Trinity on the 27th March.