Leeds Rhinos have confirmed that forward Zane Tetevano has been released early from his contract to return home to New Zealand.
The 32-year-old was contracted until the end of the current Super League campaign, but has been unable to take to the field following his heart surgery earlier this year.
Tetevano suffered a stroke during a training session with the Headingley Stadium outfit earlier this season, ruling him out of action. He had made 11 appearances this year.
Overall, the Cook Islands international featured 47 times for the Rhinos across three seasons, scoring three tries.
Head coach Rohan Smith said: “Everyone at the Rhinos wishes Zane well as he leaves the club and thanks him for his efforts during his time at Headingley.
“It has been a tough period for him this season, but he is set to make a full recovery thankfully, and his health has always been our priority.”
“I will always remember my time at Leeds fondly.”
Tetevano added: “I would like to thank everyone at the Rhinos for the support they have given me over the last three years.
“Especially I would like to thank all the staff at the Leeds General Infirmary who have looked after me so much since my stroke and heart operation.
“I will always remember my time in Leeds fondly, and I wish Rohan and the team all the best for the rest of this season and the years ahead.”
The update follows Tetevano’s own farewell message via Instagram earlier this morning.
“Closing another chapter, it’s been a pleasure and honour to be able to call Leeds/Headingley home the past three years,” he wrote.
“Being presented my jersey by the Greats Ser Kev and Rob Burrow, ]moments] you’ll cherish forever.
“Best fans in the game. Small thank you for being supportive in my time. Especially this year, it doesn’t go unnoticed. Thank you.”