Huddersfield captain Aidan Sezer has played his last game for the club, after signing a deal with Leeds for 2022.
Sezer, 30, was shortlisted for the Man of Steel award in his debut year in Super League in 2020, but has been sidelined recently with an ankle injury sustained playing for the Combined Nations All Stars against England.
With the Giants widely expected to bring in Tui Lolohea and Theo Fages to play half-back for next season, Sezer and Lee Gaskell – who is off to Wakefield – are surplus to requirements.
Coach Ian Watson said: “Aidan and I spoke about six or seven weeks ago about which way we wanted to go.
“Aidan’s made his decision and I think that’s the best for him and the best for us.
“For the group, it’s important that we concentrate on what we do have next year, not on what we don’t have and we move forward together.”
Sezer played more than 150 games in the NRL for Gold Coast and Canberra before moving to Huddersfield, where he has scored 160 points in 24 appearances.
Neither Lolohea from Salford or Fages from St Helens have been announced as officially signing for the Giants, and Watson provided some insightas to why.
He added: “We’re far down the line on reinforcements for next season.
“Clubs like to announce them when the time feels right for them and when it works for the clubs and players involved.
“The club want to do the right thing and want to do what’s best in regard to the other clubs in terms of releasing that.
“The guys that are coming in are first class. They’ll advance this environment and will make Huddersfield better.
“We’ve been brought in to do that. There was a problem here before we came in and a lot of this season has been about finding out about that and fixing them up on the back of that.”