Huddersfield hooker Danny Levi has been released from his contract on compassionate grounds so he can return to Australia with his family.
The 26-year-old made 30 appearances for the Giants in the 2022 Super League season. He played in Huddersfield’s Challenge Cup final defeat to Wigan.
Levi had another 12 months on his contract but will return home after representing Samoa in the World Cup.
Giants boss on Danny Levi exit
Huddersfield managing director Richard Thewlis said: “Danny had been in dialogue with (coach) Ian Watson regarding potential options next year in the NRL for him over the past few months. Whilst we were very keen for him to stay, it would have been unfair given the circumstances which have now cropped up.
“Danny can leave with our very best wishes; and return down under after his World Cup commitments with hopefully great memories of his time here as a Giant.
“We will always try to put the players and their family’s happiness and wellbeing as a priority. In this instance, Danny has been straight with us throughout; and made what I am sure is the right call for him and his young family which we support and were able to facilitate.
“The focus of Ian and his coaches now turns towards that area of the squad with Adam O’Brien and George Roby being already signed; and space now available to add there should they be able to attract the right calibre of player to add into the mix of hooking options.”