1. ITV Report

Leeds Rhinos settle James Segeyaro dispute

Leeds Rhinos have agreed to a settlement that will allow hooker James Segeyaro to join NRL side Cronulla Sharks with immediate effect.

Segeyaro signed a deal with Leeds in June last year, but in December returned to Australia citing homesickness Credit: Press Association

The player was placed on the transfer list by the Rhinos last December with a valuation of £250,000 following the announcement by the player that he would not return to fulfil the remaining two years of his contract with the Rhinos.

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. From the outset of our relationship with James, I am confident we have acted at all times with complete integrity. As a club we are proud of our record of welcoming players from overseas into the Rhinos family, the fact that the majority of players who join the club from the NRL not only complete their initial contract but agree to extensions speaks volumes. I would like to thank our legal advisor in Australia, Mr Tim Fuller, for his advice and guidance in this matter and the RFL for their support in the process.

– Gary Hetherington, Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive