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Former Castleford second rower Michael Smith has been released by Hull KR for family reasons.
The 29 year old Kiwi has played in three of the Robins' five Super League games this term, despite doubts about his fitness in January.
Hull Kingston Rovers Chairman Neil Hudgell commented: “Michael approached us about releasing him from his contract due to his family commitments and we have reluctantly agreed with immediate effect. He was an integral part of our promotion to Super League and a real favourite of the fans. Michael leaves with our very best wishes.
Michael said: “Due to my family commitments I have found it very difficult to remain committed to the demands of the full time environment knowing I may need to return to New Zealand at some stage this year. I have enjoyed my time here and have made some fantastic friends. I wish to thank Justin, Neil and the supporters who made me feel so welcome. For this reason I had to make one of the most difficult decisions of my life and leave the club immediately.”