Leeds Rhinos have confirmed prop Ava Seumanufagai has been granted a release from the club to return home to Australia for family reasons because of the global pandemic.
Seumanufagai joined the Rhinos midway through the 2019 season from Cronulla Sharks. He went on to make 32 appearances for the Rhinos and won the Challenge Cup.
Commenting on his decision, Seumanufagai said: “I loved being a part of such a great club. Sadly, I’ve made the decision to cut my time short so I can be home with my young daughter. With Covid 19 restrictions continuing into next year, the option to travel back and forth looks almost impossible.”
Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield added: “Ava spoke to myself and Richard Agar about the possibility of a release from the remaining year of his contract to return home for family reasons. We are sorry to see him leave the club but fully support and understand his decision.
“The Covid 19 pandemic has had many profound impacts on our sport and I am certain in normal times, Ava would be happy to remain at the Rhinos for many years to come. We have remained in contact with Ava since he returned home so we were both aware of the latest situation with the pandemic.”