World Cup representative departs Championship club

Drew Darbyshire
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Italy international Ryan King has been released from his contract with Championship club Halifax by mutual agreement.

The 25-year-old only linked up with the Panthers in the off-season after an impressive season in the Championship with Whitehaven in 2022.

King, who represented Italy at last year’s World Cup, has been granted a release from his contract with Halifax after just two games for the West Yorkshire club.

He said: “Although I have learned a lot during my short time here, I have found my time at Halifax difficult, primarily off the field.

“I feel this has affected my wellbeing and performance. Subsequently, I have asked for a release.

“Halifax display high quality players, coaching and facilities, as well as committed fans. I would like to thank them for giving me the opportunity to work in a professional friendly environment and wish them all the best in the future.”

Ryan King departs Halifax with club’s best wishes

Panthers coach Simon Grix said: “Unfortunately, Ryan has requested a release and leaves immediately.

“It’s not ideal for any of us but ultimately, when a player asks to leave, there isn’t not much else to do.

“We have put a lot in to making Ryan as comfortable as possible with us but for one reason or another, Ryan just hasn’t settled.

“He’s a talented player. Hopefully he can get on track wherever he ends up now and play to his potential.”

Panthers director of rugby Richard Durgan said: “It’s a shame it hasn’t worked out for both parties.

“Ryan has not really settled for us and things haven’t gone particularly well on a personal level. But also, from our point of view, if we’ve got players that don’t want to be here or play for us, then there’s no benefit to keeping them here against their wishes.

“So, it was mutually beneficial for both sides for him to leave. We wish him the best of luck for the future.”

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