Zak Hardaker out of Grand Final for 'breach of club rules'

5 October 2017, 12:49

Castleford full-back Zak Hardaker has been ruled out of Saturday's Grand Final against Leeds due to "a breach of club rules".

The 25-year-old full-back has enjoyed a stunning return to form in his first season with the Tigers after joining the club from Saturday's opponents Leeds in June.

A statement by the club said: "Zak Hardaker is unavailable for selection due to a breach of club rules. The club will make no further comment at this point as full attention is focused on Saturday's Grand Final."

Hardaker, who scored 13 tries in 30 games to help the Tigers reach the Grand Final, was nominated for the Man of Steel for 2017 - an award which was won by team-mate Luke Gale.

The full-back posted a message on Instagram on Wednesday, saying: "Can't wait for Saturday."

Castleford have drafted Jy Hitchcox into the squad to replace Hardaker for Saturday's showpiece final at Old Trafford, live on Sky Sports Arena from 5pm.

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