Leeds Rhinos forward Zane Tetevano is currently serving yet another suspension following a torrid spell at Headingley since making the move to West Yorkshire.
Tetevano has had a long line of disciplinary issues whilst at the West Yorkshire club, not least in his first Challenge Cup in a Leeds shirt last year when he was sent off for a late tackle whilst a current five-game ban has not exactly done much to enhance his reputation at Leeds following a horror shot on St Helens’ Konrad Hurrell a fortnight ago.
The ex-New Zealand international has since been banned numerous times, however, there is an interesting statistic surrounding his past disciplinary record.
Before he made the move to Super League, Tetevano had never been sent off in his career – a career that included over 100 NRL games, so what has changed since the hulking forward made the move to West Yorkshire ahead of the 2021 season?
Whatever the reason for his increasing number of suspensions, the Rhinos will not be offloading Tetevano because of his large contract.
On The Full Eighty Minutes podcast, the powerful forward’s contract was discussed with the revelation that he is on a huge wage at Headingley.
“It’s no secret that (Zane) Tetevano is on a marquee contract on over 200 grand a year, the fans want rid of him he’s banned all the time.
“But, who’s taking him? ”
However, Leeds boss Rohan Smith previously revealed that he is not frustrated with Tetevano and that he still has a future at Headingley.
“This is the first incident in my time with Zane so I can only speak for myself here,” Smith said.
“It was the state of the game where there wasn’t any need for aggression or intent in that moment. I actually feel like he has been in control and played good steady rugby in the time I’ve been here.
“Zane is contracted and some thing happen in a contact sport. Zane’s was a situation with a big, strong player in your area but he applied the technique not at the right time.”