Zak Hardaker addresses his future beyond Leeds Rhinos deal

Zak Hardaker will be a Leeds Rhinos player for the rest of the 2022 Super League season.

But, past that, the 30-year-old’s future is more unclear.

Having exited the Wigan Warriors in April, Hardaker had no shortage of clubs coming in for him but it was Leeds that won the race.

In his first press conference since making the move to Headingley, the Featherstone Rovers product hinted at potentially extending his stay at Leeds.

“Yeah I would like to see it (my career) played out here, but I’m not looking too far ahead,” Hardaker said.

“The deal is until the end of the year which gives the club the opportunity to see if they want me here and if I want to see my career out or if I get an offer.

“I’ve got to play well to try and earn a contract and Leeds benefit from that for me to play here – it does feel like I’ve come back home

“I’m 31 in October, but I still feel about 25 and my body feels great.”

Hardaker also revealed that his future will rely on which position he will be able to nail down going forward.

“Going forward, the position where I will play and get cemented in it will help.

“There are younger people coming through the ranks, but I want some reassurance within the team.

“I don’t want to be in my 30s bouncing between four positions, I didn’t like that (at Wigan) and I was quite strong in my views.

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