The Penrith Panthers prop stocks have been left somewhat skinny after the club released Zane Tetevano for him to join the Leeds Rhinos.
Tetevano, who still had one year left on his Panthers contract, was allowed to leave to make the move to England.
In the end, the Panthers opted to grant Tetevano’s request for an early release.
“We’ve granted Zane’s request for a release out of respect to him and his family, in consideration of the valuable opportunity they’ve been presented by Leeds Rhinos,” Panthers General Manager of Rugby League Matt Cameron said.
“We wish to thank Leeds Rhinos and Zane’s manager Wayde Rushton for their cooperation through this process.
“We also extend our thanks to Zane for his service to Panthers and wish him the best of luck in the Super League.”
With a total of 19 appearances for the Panthers in 2020, Tetevano was grateful to the club for allowing him to take up this opportunity.
“While it’s difficult to leave Panthers, I’m extremely grateful to the club for allowing my family and I to take up this opportunity,” Tetevano said.
“My time at Penrith was one of the most enjoyable years of my career.
“I want to thank everyone involved with the club for their support and wish them all the best for the future.”
Tetevano admits that he wants to be challenged and he sees this new chapter as the chance to do just that.
“My personal motto is that I like to be challenged and this move is the next challenge for me,” Tetevano said.
“I have had my time in the NRL and had some amazing opportunities and been part of some incredible teams. I am excited to be coming to Leeds.
“I have been doing my research on the history of the club so I have an emotional connection with the highs and lows of being a Rhino.”