Segeyaro heading to Cronulla as Leeds settle in contract dispute

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Leeds Rhinos have agreed to a settlement that allows wantaway hooker James Segeyaro to complete a move to Cronulla Sharks.

Segeyaro joined Leeds from Penrith Panthers in 2016, but said he did not wish to return for the following Super League season despite having two years remaining on his contract, citing homesickness.

The 26-year-old was placed on the transfer list with a valuation of £250,000 last December and an agreement has now been reached that enables him to join reigning NRL premiers the Sharks.

"We have agreed to terms with James Segeyaro to enable him to sign with the Cronulla Sharks," said Leeds chief executive Gary Hetherington.

"The terms of the settlement are strictly confidential, but we can report that the club is satisfied with the financial settlement.

"Importantly, the club has been completely vindicated in the position that they adopted in relation to this dispute. The sanctity of the playing contract must always be respected and complied with.

"We are pleased that both the RFL and the NRL recognise the importance of the playing contract and the responsibilities associated with it. We anticipate that the strong stance that our club took in relation to this matter will ultimately benefit the game of rugby league in both countries.

"The whole saga leaves a bitter taste, but I am pleased it has been resolved amicably and I hope James can go on and fulfil his potential in the NRL."