Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington has issued the following statement on Zak Hardaker.
"Brian McDermott and myself have now had the opportunity to discuss the matter with the England management and with Zak himself and we now have a better understanding of the events leading up to Zak's departure from the England squad.
We believe Zak acted unprofessionally and in doing so, breached the Leeds Rhinos Player Code of Conduct.
As a result, the Club have issued him with a written warning and imposed a fine of £2,500.
We are satisfied the matter has now been dealt with and Zak will report for training on 25th November. We will continue to monitor Zak's future conduct and help him deal with his own issues; which are more to do with a lack of professionalism than anything else.
Zak has apologised for the embarrassment caused to his family and Leeds Rhinos and he is desperately sorry for the situation he finds himself in."
Hardaker, 22, commented, "I have paid a heavy price for my own actions and will now miss out on my dream of helping England win the World Cup. I am sorry for any embarrassment I have caused and my focus now is on moving forward next season and putting these events behind me. I would like to wish Kevin and the England team the best of luck for the rest of the tournament and I am looking forward to the start of pre-season with the Rhinos."
Adam Cuthbertson has revealed that the team were joined by a special guest after the win over Hull KR when Rhinos fan Courtney Turner joined the players for the team song. Adam met Courtney when the team went on their traditional hospital visit at Christmas and has stayed in touch with her and her family, who are all passionate Rhinos fans.
Leeds Rhinos return to action at Headingley Carnegie on Thursday 11th June, kick off 8pm, when Castleford Tigers are the visitors at Headingley Carnegie Stadium for our special #TRIThursday game. Enjoy a great night out and eat free with our special offer for this game!