Half-back Isaac John has been released from the remainder of his contract with the Wildcats.
The Kiwi joined from the New Zealand Warriors ahead of the 2012 season and made 13 Super League appearances in addition to one outing in the Challenge Cup in the red, white and blue.
John found opportunities hard to come by after Paul Sykes stepped into the stand-off role at Magic Weekend, a match that began a sequence of results in the second half of the season which saw the Wildcats as one of the competitions form sides from that point onwards.
Richard Agar commented:
“He has got a club in the NRL that he’s going to go and join one of their full-time squads so we’ve agreed to release him with immediate effect. The reason being are pretty simple ones for us really, last year when Syksey (Paul Sykes) came into our team we made a change in that position based on a couple of things based at that time and we had a lot of success with the changes that were made.”
“For Isaac at 24-years old with no reserve grade or ability to dual-reg him because of the border agency rules the landscape from halfway through last season to where we are now has completely changed. He was part of our squad and we were really happy to be part of our squad but he can’t play, we have nowhere for him to play.
“While these two (Smith and Sykes) are fit and on form and Isaac knows this, it is hard for him to shift them at the moment. That’s the game we’re in at the moment unfortunately so for him he needs to play and he wants to play for his own career and his development.
“We’ve had an understanding that if an opportunity came up for him we wouldn’t stop him from taking it. Good for him that the opportunity has come up and we’re going to wish him all the best and really thank him for his contribution.
“He was one of the first guys that came through the door when I guess we were reborn as a club and as a team and he’s played a part in that, even when it’s not been going so great for him in terms of team selection. He’s always been a guy that’s really contributed, whether it’s been running against the opposition for practice and being a part of the team off the field as he’s been a real quality bloke when we do the team building.
“We wish him all the best and I hope he’s better for the experiences, the good and the bad ones that he’s had at our club.”
John also commented:
“I am very grateful for the club to allow me to leave, the move didn’t work out as well as I hoped and I’m really looking forward to my new challenge.
“It was a mutual agreement between both parties that we would part and I’ve left on good terms, the Wildcats have acted really professional. I have a lot of love for my teammates and I have made friends for life as well as learning lots from Rich Agar and especially Webbo (James Webster) but I’m moving on for a fresh start.”
You can hear the full reasoning behind the departure of Isaac John HERE via the clubs official Sound Cloud account. Agar discuses how happy he is with the squad and if he wants to add anybody else to his current 26 bodies.
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