Forward rower Matt Lodge has been granted a release, effective immediately from the Warriors.
In a blow to the club, Lodge was given the green light to leave despite being contracted until the end of the season, with a player option in his favor for the following year.
The club confirmed the news on Friday morning, with Lodge revealing his family could not commit to living in New Zealand long term. A new destination for the former Wests Tigers and Broncos star has yet to be announced, so mystery surrounds the first rower’s next move.
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“We decided the best thing for the club was for us to part ways so they would have some clarity,” Lodge said.
“I respect the club a lot and especially the boys and I hope I showed that by the way I trained and played physically and gave my all in every game.”
The move had been brewing for some time according to Warriors CEO Cameron George, with the club now looking to develop young players.
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“Matt told us some time ago that for professional and personal reasons he could not commit to a long-term future in New Zealand when we return home for next season,” George said.
“We are grateful to Matt for the contribution he has made since joining us last year and wish him and his family all the best for the future.”
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