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."
Rhinos and England star Jamie Jones-Buchanan has praised the club's faithful supporters for their efforts in helping get the team over the line for victory at Salford. With time running out, Leeds had a goal line drop out and were under pressure but JJB said the roar from the travelling section at the AJ Bell Stadium played a huge part in getting the win.
Leeds Rhinos kept up the pressure on St Helens at the top of the First Utility Super League with a hard earned 22-18 win over Salford Red Devils thanks to tries from Zak Hardaker, Kallum Watkins, Carl Ablett and Stevie Ward.
Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Brian McDermott praised the contribution of his senior players after his side produced a massive defensive effort at the end of a dramatic win over Salford Red Devils.
The Rhinos had led 22-12 midway through the second half but Salford rallied in the last 20 minutes and it took a number of last ditch tackles to secure the win.