Zak Hardaker has said that he was hurt over his omission from the England squad as he approaches a switch of Super League clubs.
Hardaker was full-back throughout England’s Test series victory over New Zealand last autumn but he has been left out of the 24 man team picked by new head coach Wayne Bennett for the upcoming 2016 Ladbrokes Four Nation Series.
He is now setting his sights on regaining his place for the 2017 World Cup and is sure that he can do that with a new Super League club now that he has played his last match for Leeds.
Hardaker was transfer listed by Leeds at an asking price of £300,000 in June and he spent the last three months of the season on loan to Penrith Panthers as he wished to try his luck in the NRL. However, he has now decided that he wants to return to Super League.
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Craig Harrison, Hardaker’s agent, said that he enjoyed his time in the NRL but that the team had no space for him for next season. As a result he said that Hardaker decided to play in the Super League for now.
Harrison went on to say that Hardaker was hurt by not getting in to the England squad and he thinks that he’ll have a better chance of getting into next year’s World Cup squad if he stays in the Super League.
Gary Hetherington, the Leeds Chief Executive, has said that there has been a lot of interest but he hasn’t yet received a firm offer for Hardaker. It seems that Castleford, Huddersfield and Salford are all interested but there is still work to be done before a deal is signed.