James Roberts released by South Sydney Rabbitohs

Drew Darbyshire

South Sydney Rabbitohs have released James Roberts by mutual consent.

The 27-year-old centre made 18 appearances for the Rabbitohs since joining the club in 2019. He has been released from the final year of his playing contract on compassionate grounds.

Rabbitohs chief executive Blake Solly said: “We’ve held many discussions and meetings with James, his family and his representatives over recent months about a path forward for James.

“James is an elite athlete and he certainly could play at the highest levels of the game in the NRL again.

“James and his family will always be Rabbitohs, and we will continue to support them as he looks to continue his career.”

Roberts said: “With the support of Souths, I am working closely with professionals to get myself healthy and into a position where I can play my best footy and support my family.

“Souths have been very supportive during this period, helping me to focus on the recovery from my pec injury and providing support for Anna, me and the kids.”

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