Agar thanks departing Southern for efforts during tough year

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WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats head coach Richard Agar has thanked Steve Southern for his services to the club after revealing the player has returned to Australia with his three-year deal set to be cancelled by mutual agreement.

The 30-year-old had a year to forget in the Merrie City with injuries and off-field problems hampering the first of what was to be a three-year spell in the red, white and blue.

Southern, who signed from Newcastle Knights, was handed the captain’s armband at the start of the season but made just 15 appearances and was eventually replaced as skipper by Danny Kirmond.

Wakefield needed to free up space on their overseas quota for the arrival of Justin Poore and Agar says the mutual cancellation of Southern’s deal suited all parties.

“I’d like to thank Steve, especially for what he did for us early on in the season, he goes with our best wishes,” said Agar.

“He had two years left to run but things didn’t quite work out for him for one reason or another and he’s gone back to Australia.

“All parties were in complete agreement that it [cancelling the contract] was the right thing to do and we wish Steve all the best as he did with us.”

The Wildcats boss, who has just returned from holiday, says there are no immediate plans to offer similar contract cancellations to free up more quota spots, pouring cold water over suggestions Isaac John could be the next player on his way out of the club.

He said: “We’ll be weighing things up but we’re not letting anyone else go yet, I think we’re ok now with what we’ve got.”

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