Leeds insist on £100,000 fee to let unsettled Eastwood head home

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Leeds are demanding a £100,000 transfer fee before they release the homesick Greg Eastwood from the remaining two years of his deal. The Kiwi World Cup-winning forward wants to be closer to his family in Australia.

Eastwood made his name with Brisbane and played last season with the Canterbury Bulldogs while he waited for his paperwork to come to England. He has been plagued with injury during his time here, including the leg problem which will keep him out of tonight's match against Wigan, but has been highly effective when he has played and still hopes to figure in the play-offs at the end of this season.

"Unfortunately, Greg has failed to settle on the other side of the world, away from his family," said Rhinos' chief executive, Gary Hetherington.

"He has two years left on his contract, so we will not be releasing him from his obligation and value him at £100,000."

Wigan's assistant coach, Shaun Wane, remains in charge for tonight's game, in the continuing absence of Michael Maguire, who is in Australia following the death of his father. Wane makes one change, with the 19-year-old prop, Ben Davies, replacing Paul Prescott, who has a facial injury.

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