Hull KR captain Joel Tomkins has abandoned two years left on his contract to the club.
The Super League club produced the surprise statement five times after procuring their top-flight status, stating they allowed the former Wigan and England forwards a release on compassionate grounds.
Tomkins joined Rovers from June 2018 after his abrupt exit from Wigan and made 35 appearances.
Hull KR coach Tony Smith said:”Joel has requested the team for a release on compassionate grounds and we’ve accepted.
“Joel and I have a excellent relationship and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with each other.
“Everybody at the club want to wish him all the very best of fortune for your future and thank him for his time, efforts and direction whilst at Rovers.”
Tomkins signed an expansion that was expected to run before the end of 2021, after first joining Rovers to a short-term contract and he had been selected via a ballot of his team-mates as captain for 2019, carrying more than Shaun Lunt.
Tomkins, whose next move isn’t yet known, stated:”I want to thank each of the players, staff and fans of Hull KR for their support during my time at the club.
“I would like to thank (proprietor ) Neil Hudgell and Tony Smith for realizing my position and accepting my request to be published.
“I feel that today is the correct time for me to proceed and take a look at the next chapter of my career.
“I’ve enjoyed working with Tony and really believe he is the ideal person to take this club to another level. I want the team the very best of luck for your future”
Tomkins, who missed the club’s ast match through suspension, becomes the seventh player to depart the club since Smith prepares to reconstruct the team following their intimate shave with relegation.
A month danny McGuire has retired and will take up an role with the club, who also announced the death of James Greenwood, Chris Atkin and Josh Drinkwater.
They have since been adopted with Ryan Shaw, who has switched codes with Danny Addy, and Yorkshire Carnegie.
Even though the team are considered to have lined up a host of new faces, such as former New Zealand international three-quarter Shaun Kenny-Dowall Jez Litten and dean Hadley would be the supported signings for next season.
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