Leeds Rhinos: Zak Hardaker joins Penrith in swap deal for James Segeyaro

Zak Hardaker
Zak Hardaker was placed on the transfer list with a £300,000 valuation after requesting a move to the NRL

Leeds and England full-back Zak Hardaker has joined NRL side Penrith Panthers with immediate effect in a swap deal for hooker James Segeyaro.

The deal is for the remainder of the current season, with a view to a long-term extension for both players.

Hardaker, 24, has scored 67 tries in 155 games for Leeds and was named Man of Steel in 2015, but he requested a move to the NRL earlier in June.

Segeyaro, 25, has played in only four league games this season.

The Papua New Guinea-born player won the Dally M Hooker of the Year award in 2014, having scored 10 tries in 25 games.

"Zak goes with our best wishes and I am pleased for him that he has been able to fulfil his ambition of playing in the NRL," Leeds head coach Brian McDermott said.external-link

"When Zak came to us to request a move, it was always going to be important that we were able to strengthen our group.

"In James Segeyaro, we have a great opportunity to bring in a highly-rated player."