Isaac John set for NRL move after release from Wakefield Trinity Wildcats

ON THE MOVE: Isaac John has left Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
ON THE MOVE: Isaac John has left Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
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Half-back Isaac John has been released from his contract at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats with immediate effect.

The Kiwi has a club lined up in the NRL, reported Down Under to be Penrith Panthers, and will leave Wakefield after struggling to get game time in the red, white and blue following the arrival of Paul Sykes midway through last season.

“He has got a club in the NRL that he’s going to go and join one of their full-time squads so we’ve agreed to release him with immediate effect,” said Wildcats head coach Richard Agar.

“The reason being are pretty simple ones for us really, last year when Syksey [Paul Sykes] came into our team we made a change in that position based on a couple of things based at that time and we had a lot of success with the changes that were made.”

“For Isaac, at 24-years old with no reserve grade or ability to dual-reg him because of the border agency rules, the landscape from halfway through last season to where we are now has completely changed.

“He was part of our squad and we were really happy to be part of our squad but he can’t play, we have nowhere for him to play.”

Agar insists he is happy with the cover he has and says he will not bring anyone else in to replacing the departing John.

“I’m happy with the cover we’ve got,” he said.

“We’re happy with the amount of backs we’ve got. We’ve got Bobbie [Goulding], but Kyle Wood in particular can cover lots of spots in there.”

Former New Zealand Warriors player John featured in 13 Super League matches for Wakefield following his arrival ahead of the 2012 season, as well as one Challenge Cup contest.