Huddersfield Giants head coach Ian Watson has confirmed that Ricky Leutele will leave the John Smith’s Stadium at the end of 2022.
The West Yorkshire club have been a revelation in 2022 with Watson inspiring the Giants to a top four spot as it stands.
But, one of his main attacking outlets – Ricky Leutele – will not be there in 2022 following extensive contract talks.
“We’ve got to a point now where we move on, Ricky hasn’t give us any indication,” Watson said.
“He hasn’t told us what he’s doing. We are looking at other targets.
“We’ve spoken to his agent a couple of times and he keeps telling us he’s going to go somewhere else. That’s his prerogative but at this moment in time, Ricky still hasn’t told us.
“We can’t just keep waiting. We want to make sure we’re a top club.
“We want to make sure we are a top club. Ricky has kept his cards close to his chest, but when he wants to tell us he will come to us.”
After impressing in 2021, the powerful centre has taken his game to the next level at the John Smith’s Stadium in 2022, helping Ian Watson’s men get to their first Challenge Cup Final in over a decade.
The former Toronto Wolfpack man, in doing so, has attracted attention with Watson declaring earlier in May that Leutele has been offered a new contract as Huddersfield attempted to nail down their man.
The Mole at the World Wide of Sports previously reported that Leutele wanted to return back to the NRL.
Of course, the Samoan international was part of the Cronulla Sharks side that won their first-ever Premiership title in 2016, with Leutele forever being remembered as the one making the final tackle of the 2016 Grand Final just when Melbourne looked like they were going to snatch the game.
Leutele has, however, been linked with Catalans Dragons and the Wigan Warriors to continue his Super League career after Sky Sports pundit Brian Carney revealed those two sides had made ‘big offers’ to the centre.