Veteran Forward Zane Tetevano Returns to Rugby League with Wyong

Rugby League: Veteran Forward Zane Tetevano Unretires, Signs with Wyong

Just months after announcing his retirement, former Leeds Rhinos forward Zane Tetevano has made a surprise return to the rugby league scene. The 33-year-old, who joined Canterbury Bulldogs for the 2024 season, has now signed with Wyong, a club competing in the Newcastle Rugby League competition in New South Wales.

Tetevano’s decision to un-retire comes as a welcome development for the player, whose career was put in jeopardy after he suffered a stroke during a training session with Leeds Rhinos last year. The incident led to Tetevano undergoing heart surgery and missing the second half of the 2023 campaign.

“Despite initially announcing his retirement two months ago, citing an inability to reach the required fitness standards, the former New Zealand international has now decided to continue his playing career.”

During his three-year spell with Leeds Rhinos, Tetevano was a marquee signing, earning a reported £200,000 per year. While he struggled to consistently deliver the extra edge the club was seeking, he did play a crucial role in the Rhinos’ miraculous run to the 2022 Super League Grand Final, after the team had earlier found themselves bottom of the league.

Fans and analysts alike will be closely following Tetevano’s return to the sport, as he looks to recapture his form and end his playing days on a high note with Wyong in the Newcastle Rugby League competition.

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