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Zak Hardaker says Leeds Rhinos’ salary cap “is all over the place”

Zak Hardaker made a sensational return to Leeds Rhinos midway through last season six years after he left the club only months after winning the Man of Steel.

He had a brilliant season at Headingley and seemed set to stay at the club so it came as a shock when he left the club for Leigh Leopards.

Speaking on the Fully Game YouTube channel, Hardaker said that the Rhinos’ salary cap is “all over the place” and that was a key reason for his exit.

“I was at Leeds at the back end of last year and their salary cap is a bit all over the place, I think it still is, but they wanted to keep me and I wanted to stay at Leeds,” he said.

“I’d found my feet again and I was really enjoying myself but with the issues of the salary cap I had to wait right until the death and I’m getting on now, at 31 I can’t really wait that long.

“Leigh came in with a good deal, a two-year deal when Leeds could only offer one at the time. But yeah I’ve got two kids now so instead of just looking after myself, I’ve got to provide as well.

“The two-year deal on decent money was a good option for me and at the moment I’m really enjoying it.”

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