Peteru to leave the Rhinos

Nathaniel Peteru

Leeds Rhinos have confirmed that Nathaniel Peteru, 27, is set to leave the club with immediate effect after both parties agreed to mutually end his contract.

Peteru, who joined the Rhinos in 2018 from Gold Coast Titans on a three-year deal, has been released from the remainder of his contract to enable him to pursue other opportunities.

Commenting on the announcement, Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield said: “After speaking with Nathaniel we understand that he wants to explore new opportunities away from the club and we have therefore come to an agreement to release him early from his contract.

“On behalf of everyone at the club I would like to thank Nathaniel for all he has given to the Rhinos during his two seasons at Emerald Headingley.  He has been a popular member of our squad and leaves with our best wishes and thanks.  I know he is excited about the new challenges ahead and we wish him the best of luck for the future.”

The New Zealander, made his debut in the opening game of the 2018 season, with injury limiting his involvement to 13 appearances in his first season.  In 2019 he was a regular in the first team, making a further 19 appearances.

Speaking about the decision to leave the Rhinos, Peteru said: “Firstly I would like to thank the club, the players, the coaches and staff for making me and my family feel welcome during my time at Leeds.  It has been a privilege to represent the club and has also been a great journey for myself.

“I am thankful to the club for allowing me to leave to pursue my ambitions elsewhere and I would also like to pay tribute to the fans who have been unreal to me since I arrived at the club.  I leave with fond memories and wish the Rhinos all the best for the future.”