Wakefield Trinity Wildcats can confirm that Steve Southern has left the club by mutual consent.
The 30-year old signed from Newcastle Knights ahead of the 2012 campaign on a three-year deal and was named captain at the start of the season.
However, a number of niggling injuries limited the back-rower to just 15 appearances with Danny Kirmond taking over the captaincy midway through the year.
Southern returned to Australia at the end of the season and both player and club have agreed to part ways.
Wildcats head coach Richard Agar thanked Southern for his contribution to the Wildcats cause.
“I’d like to thank Steve, especially for what he did for us early in the season and he goes with our best wishes.
“He had two years left to run but things didn’t quite work out for him for one reason or another and he’s gone back to Australia.
“All parties were in complete agreement that this was the right thing to do and we wish Steve all the best as he did with us.”
Chief Executive James Elston also thanked Southern for his efforts in the red, white and blue.
“Steve was the first captain of the new era and so will always have a place in the history of the club. He was a true professional during his time here and on behalf of the club I wish Steve and his family all the best for the future.”
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