Penrith Panthers release forward Zane Tetevano to join Super League
The Penrith Panthers have released New Zealand international Zane Tetevano from the final year of his contract.
Tetevano is expected to take up a three-year deal with Leeds Rhinos in the English competition in the coming days.
“Zane had an extraordinary impact on our young squad following his arrival at the club last season,” Panthers general manager Matt Cameron said.
“He consistently elevated our training sessions with his professionalism and played an important role in the team’s success in 2020.
“We’ve granted Zane’s request for a release out of respect to him and his family, in consideration of the valuable opportunity they’ve been presented by Leeds Rhinos.
“We wish to thank Leeds Rhinos and Zane’s manager Wayde Rushton for their co-operation through this process.
“We also extend our thanks to Zane for his service to Panthers and wish him the best of luck in the Super League.”
Tetevano played 19 NRL matches for Penrith this year, averaging over 100 running metres per game.
Having previously represented the Sydney Roosters and Newcastle Knights, the 30-year-old also played three Test matches for New Zealand in 2019.
“While it’s difficult to leave Panthers, I’m extremely grateful to the club for allowing my family and I to take up this opportunity,” Tetevano said.
“My time at Penrith was one of the most enjoyable years of my career.
“I want to thank everyone involved with the club for their support and wish them all the best for the future.”