Leeds Rhinos release Nene Macdonald as Salford Red Devils make surprising move.

Leeds Rhinos have confirmed that they have mutually agreed to part ways with Nene Macdonald with immediate effect. The 29-year-old returned to Australia a couple of months ago on compassionate leave, with his future a mystery for the last several weeks.

In a statement, the Rhinos posted: “Macdonald returned to Australia in August to be present for the birth of his second child, and he and his family will now stay in Australia.”

However, Rugby League Live understands Macdonald could be returning to the U.K a lot sooner than the Rhinos think, with Salford Red Devils making an ambitious move for the outside back.

Salford face losing star half-back Brodie Croft to Leeds after the West Yorkshire tabled a huge six-figure offer, with Macdonald set for a potential move back to Super League as a free agent.

Macdonald, meanwhile, said on his time at Leeds, “I really enjoyed my time at the Rhinos and I am grateful for the opportunity and support from all the players and staff.”

Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington added, “Nene was very popular with our players and a favourite with our fans and we will miss him. We wish him well in his next venture and we will now focus on finding a replacement for 2024.”

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