Hardaker completes NRL switch to join Panthers


Zak Hardaker's Leeds Rhinos exit was confirmed on Wednesday as the Super League club agreed a swap deal with Penrith Panthers for James Segeyaro.

Hardaker was placed on the transfer list last month citing a desire to play in the NRL to further his career and the current Super League Man of Steel has got his wish.

He will switch to the Panthers - initially on loan - and finish the campaign in Australia with a view to signing a permanent deal, his new club currently sitting in ninth place after 13 games.

As part of the deal to take Hardaker to Penrith, hooker Segeyaro moves in the other direction.

The Papua New Guinea international is expected to arrive in the UK next week and be available for selection for the Rhinos next league game against Widnes Vikings on July 3.

"It is pleasing that we have been able to resolve the situation as quickly as possible," said Leeds head coach Brian McDermott. 

"Zak goes with our best wishes and I am pleased for him that he has been able to fulfil his ambition of playing in the NRL. 

"When Zak came to us to request a move, it was always going to be important that we were able to strengthen our group and in James Segeyaro we have a great opportunity to bring in a highly rated player into our group."

Champions Leeds are bottom of the Super League after five wins from 19 games.