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Revealed: The club who missed out on signing Zak Hardaker

Zak Hardaker had a rollercoaster of a year in 2022.

He started the season with Wigan Warriors where he was the third part of a formidable fullback trio alongside Bevan French and Jai Field.

However, a desire to go home and play fullback or centre lead to a move away with the fullback recently saying on the Fully Game YouTube Channel:

“I was getting a bit angry and it went on for about three or four weeks and I just lost my head a little bit and said I wanted to go because you’re not playing me where I want to play, I’m not happy away from rugby and the only thing that keeps me sane is rugby so if I’m not playing where I want to play then I don’t want to be here.

“I kicked up a bit of a fuss to leave to go live with my family and then signed at Leeds and then ended up signing at Leigh, which is very weird.”

At Leeds he was superb helping the Rhinos reach an unlikely Grand Final. However, despite the fact Leeds wanted to keep him and he wanted to stay, a deal for 2023 could not be reached with Hardaker saying their salary cap is “all over the place.”

Hardaker also had the choice to return to former club Castleford Tigers but again the timing of the move wasn’t right.

The fullback said: “I spoke to Lee Radford and I mean I’m not on massive money but money there was an issue, I think they’d signed six or seven players so their bit was up similar for Leeds. Like I say I’d been waiting for two and a half months to try and clear enough out for me, which just didn’t materialise.”

Thus, Hardaker ended 2022 signing for the Leigh Leopards where he has been very impressive.

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