A few months ago, it was a transfer that never seemed likely.
But, following Zak Hardaker’s exit from Wigan Warriors, Leeds Rhinos jumped at the chance to sign the 30-year-old, reuniting Headingley with one of their biggest stars of the 2010s.
Having said that, leaving a club halfway through a season can be difficult on supporters and now Hardaker has addressed Wigan fans’ concerns for the first time.
“It’s a weird one, I wanted to say something and then I signed for Leeds and then of course I had the episode last week,” Hardaker said.
“It’s a bit of a weird one, the fans were outstanding and just from the 2019 season when I joined and seeing them all there they’ve been nothing but brilliant.
“The club, I’ve got nothing to say bad about it – they gave me a chance to play rugby for a great team.
“I’ve left some great memories and the fans were instrumental in all that and took me under their Wigan wing.”
In over three years at the DW Stadium, Hardaker made over 60 appearances and registered almost 500 points, but he is now back at the club that gave him his first chance in Super League.