Nathaniel Peteru leaves Leeds

Drew Darbyshire

Leeds prop Nathaniel Peteru has left the club with immediate effect after both parities agreed to mutually terminate his contract.

The 27-year-old joined the Rhinos on a three-year contract from Gold Coast Titans ahead of the 2018 season – but will leave the Headingley club a year earlier than planned.

Peteru made 32 appearances for Leeds over two seasons, scoring one try.

Rhinos 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.”

Peteru added: “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.”

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