Segeyaro staying with Rhinos amid NRL interest

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Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington insists James Segeyaro will remain with the Super League club next year, despite interest from several teams in the NRL.

Hooker Segeyaro linked up with the Rhinos in July, as part of a swap deal that saw England full-back Zak Hardaker head to Penrith Panthers.

Hardaker's stay at Penrith proved a short one - he has since been loaned out to Castleford Tigers by Leeds - but Segeyaro revealed soon after his move that he had agreed terms with the Rhinos until 2018.

Speaking on a visit to Australia, Hetherington said: "There has been interest from NRL clubs in James and one club in particular but I have explained to them that Leeds Rhinos are not prepared to consider a release or transfer so that is the end of the matter.

"I met up with James here in Sydney and he is in good condition and due back with us on 3rd January."

Segeyaro has been granted extra time at home in Australia during the close season, but the club confirmed he has a "training programme that mirrors the work of players who are currently in pre-season".