Castleford have confirmed Jordan Rankin has left Super League to return to Australia.
The 28-year-old full-back was granted a release from his loan contract with Castleford and his parent club Huddersfield so that he may return home on compassionate grounds.
Rankin scored 10 tries in 31 appearances for the Tigers since joining on loan from the Giants in 2019.
He said: “I’m disappointed to be cutting my time short here in the UK but my family comes first and that’s always been first and foremost for me.
“I want to thank both clubs for giving me the opportunity to play, to play in Super League and I’ve really enjoyed it – my time at Cas especially.
“I’ll always have fond memories of playing at the club and I’ll always appreciate that I was given the chance.”
Tigers director of rugby Jon Wells commented: “I would like to thank Jordan for his effort and commitment to the Tigers since he joined us in February last year. He has been nothing but a total professional on and off the field and I know this has been an incredibly difficult decision for him to take.
“Jordan recently approached Castleford and his parent club, the Huddersfield Giants, with a request to return home to Australia for personal reasons, a request that the club supported. However, it has become clear that Jordan could not give us a timeframe for any return to the UK due to circumstances beyond his control.
“This is something the club would have needed in order that Daryl (Powell, coach) could prepare his squad for return to play later this year. Regrettably, then, both parties have agreed to cancel the loan agreement in place and Jordan will leave us with immediate effect in order that he can return home as quickly as possible.
“The Tigers would like to wish Jordan and his new family all the very best for the next chapter in their lives.”
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