‘Untenable’: Raiders release star halfback

The Canberra Raiders have released halfback George Williams from his current playing contract, effective immediately.

The homesick star was let go from the club after withdrawing from training and this weekend’s game against the Sydney Roosters.

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The Raiders released a statement on Tuesday afternoon: “Williams and his management asked for a release on compassionate grounds for the end of the 2021 season.

“However the club has decided it is in the best interests of both parties to grant an immediate release to allow both parties to plan for their respective futures.”

George Williams of the Raiders.Source:Getty Images

Raiders chief executive Don Furner said: “George and his partner have asked on a number of occasions for a release to return to England to be closer to their families and we’ve decided to grant their request.

“George withdrew from training today and from the game this weekend which highlighted to the Club the seriousness of George’s request.

“Over the past several weeks we have supported George and provided him with the best welfare support we could, however as a Club we felt that his position at the club moving forward became untenable.”

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