Leeds Rhinos rumours rubbished after Kane Evans' Super League move confirmed

By Matthew Shaw

Leeds Rhinos will not be signing Kane Evans.

Reports in New Zealand have linked the Rhinos with the powerhouse prop after the Warriors confirmed they had released him from his contract to take up a deal in England.

But Rugby League Live can reveal that Leeds are not in pursuit of the 29-year-old Fiji international, with their focus currently on an outside back.

Evans has been linked with a move to Super League since Rugby League Live revealed he had been offered to clubs last month. That saw a number of clubs actively chasing a middle, including the Rhinos, linked with a move.

In a statement, the Warriors said: “By mutual agreement we’ve parted ways amicably to enable Kane to pursue opportunities in the Super League,” said Vodafone Warriors recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan.

“We thank Kane for the contribution he has made this season and wish him all the best for his future in England.”

The likes of Salford, Wakefield and Hull FC have also been touted as a possible destination and while it now appears a Super League move is on the cards, Evans will only appear at Headingley as opposition to Leeds.

The Rhinos' recruitment drive is ongoing with Leeds looking for one, possibly two more signings dependent on how far their salary cap can stretch.

Head coach Richard Agar has previously said he would like a forward and an outside back to fill his squad, though budgets will determine whether he has to settle with signing just one further recruit.

They have already signed James Bentley, Aidan Sezer and Blake Austin.


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