inevitable. Some players will move on and others will move in. The 24-year

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Sky Sports Barrie McDermott, Terry OConnor and Phil Clarke react to the news that Leeds have placed Zak Hardaker on the transfer list. The England international was a key player for Brian McDermotts side in their treble-winning 2015 season, but the Rhinos have agreed to sell him after he expressed his desire to play in the NRL.Leeds have secured just three victories this season and are currently rooted to the bottom of the Super League table after 17 rounds, their most recent defeat coming at the hands of the Catalans Dragons on Friday evening. Hardaker on transfer list Leeds Rhinos put Zak Hardaker on transfer list Former Leeds stalwart and Sky Sports pundit McDermott admitted that he was not shocked to learn of the announcement.In some ways, its not surprising, said McDermott. The former Man of Steel was part of a treble-winning 2015, but equally part of the rock-bottom Rhinos of 2016.Rugby league players have short careers, which is probably why Zak Hardaker wants a new challenge. Zak Hardaker tasted Challenge Cup victory with the Rhinos in both 2014 and 2015 My instinct is he wants to play in the NRL, like many others. Like several Rhinos players, he has been way off his usual standards this year, and doesnt look like hes enjoying this particular challenge, so if thats how he feels, he must leave.Despite their current standing in the table and their hopes of a top-eight finish and the opportunity to regain the famous treble they secured last season all but over, McDermott is positive the club he represented between 1995 and 2005 can bounce back.Leeds will find a replacement Im certain, he added. Truthfully, 2016 will probably live as long as 2015 in the memory bank of Rhinos fans, and the rebuilding process will be a fascinating one.Change is inevitable. Some players will move on and others will move in. The 24-year-old was named 2015 man of steel following his performances for the Rhinos, which also saw him play five times for England To lose a player with such quality is a shame but thats the business aspect of rugby league.OConnor says the loss of such a big talent will be felt by the Rhinos, but believes they will come back stronger, and that the pressure on Hardaker may have contributed to his loss of form.Its tough for young players who win Man of Steel because there is always more pressure on them the following season, said the Wigan legend. Its new territory, whereas a senior player may have a bit more experience under the belt to deal with it.Perhaps Hardaker wants a new challenge, or maybe he wants to get away from that expectation.Either way, he will be a loss to Leeds, and I have no doubt that he will dazzle whichever crowd he ends up playing in front of, because he is a brilliant talent. With that said, no player is irreplaceable so I can see Leeds bouncing back comfortably from this. Highlights from Headingley Carnegie as Leeds Rhinos faced Catalans Dragons in the First Utility Super League. Each time a big talent leaves, there is this feeling that he cant be replaced, but the truth is there are plenty of fresh, exciting players coming through each season, and they will take the chance to play for a club like Leeds in a heartbeat.No player is bigger than the club, and although I think it will take the Rhinos a bit longer to rebuild than initially thought, they will be back as a force within the next three to four years.Fellow Sky Sports pundit Clarke admitted his shock at Leeds decision to part ways with one of their most promising young players.In his Sky Sports column on Saturday, Clarke said: I never thought that I would see the day when Leeds allow one of their best players to leave mid-season.OK, I know he has not been as impressive this season as he was in the last, but as I mentioned earlier this week, Leeds need to buy some players, not sell them, if they want to get out of their current predicament. Two sides to every story Two sides to every story says Phil Clarke, as Leeds place Hardaker on transfer list The 24-year-old was voted Man of Steel last season, the first time that Leeds have had a player to win that title since Iestyn Harris back in 1998. Why would the Rhinos let him leave? And particularly in circumstances like this?My experience of following the game tells me that when a team loses on a regular basis, someone gets blamed. It might not always be that persons fault, but the club feel the need to change something, and it looks like in this case, it will be Hardaker at Leeds. Also See: Hardaker on transfer list Two sides to every story Leeds top eight hopes all but over Catalans overcome lowly leeds Nike Free Clearance . Following a lopsided 5-2 loss against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night, Paul MacLean told reporters that "theres a lack of focus, theres a lack of leadership and theres a lack of preparation" with his struggling team. 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But underneath the professional exterior he was, and is, compellingly human.Pakistan made light work of a 151-run target to end their Asia Cup campaign with a comfortable six-wicket win over Sri Lanka in Dhaka. Umar Akmal hit 48 from 37 balls, helping Pakistan cruise home, condemning defending champions Sri Lanka to a third defeat in four matches in their last Twenty20 International before this months ICC T20 World Cup in India.Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi won the toss and elected to field but an unbeaten opening partnership of 110 between Dinesh Chandimal (58) and Tillakratne Dilshan (75 not out) saw Sri Lanka put themselves in a commanding position with six overs remaining. Dinesh Chandimal (r) and Dilshan shared an opening-wicket stand of 110 Chandimal was caught by Sharjeel Khan of the bowling off Wahab Riaz in the 15th over, before Shehan Jayasuriya (four) was dismissed with the last ball of the 16th, sparking the fall of three wickets in the space of 10 balls.Left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Irfan (2-18) was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers, dismissing both Chamara Kapugedera (two) and Dasun Shanaka (0) cheaply as Sri Lanka limped to 150/4 from their allocated 20 overs.ddddddddddddMohammad Hafeez got Pakistans reply off to a flier as he crunched 14 runs off 11 balls, including three fours, before being caught and bowled by Jayasuriya. Mohammad Irfan took 2-18 from his four overs But Sarfraz Ahmed (38) came in and steadied the ship, sharing a 35-run partnership with Sharjeel Khan, who struck four consecutive boundaries in the fifth over before mistiming a pull from a Dilshan delivery, allowing Kapugedera to take an easy catch at long on.Pakistan were well on their way to victory when Khan (31) was trapped lbw by Milinda Siriwardana with Akmal and Shoaib Malik (13 not out) sharing a 56-run stand before the former was caught by Thisara Perera with the scores level.Iftikhar Ahmed came in but did not face a ball as Malik scored the winning run with the second ball of the final over to seal victory for Pakistan.Sky Sports is the only place you can watch all 35 games of the 2016 ICC World Twenty20, starting with Zimbabwe v UAE on Tuesday, March 8, at 9am on Sky Sports 2 HD. 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