Warrington release Billy Magoulias with immediate effect

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Billy Magoulias Warrington Wolves Credit: PA Images
Billy Magoulias Warrington Wolves Credit: PA Images

Warrington have released off-season signing Billy Magoulias with immediate effect on compassionate grounds so he can return home to Australia.

The 25-year-old arrived at the Wolves in the off-season from NRL side Cronulla Sharks on a deal until the end of the season, with the option of a further year.

Magoulias made seven Super League appearances for Warrington and will be hoping to play for Greece in the World Cup later this year.

A club statement said: “Warrington Wolves confirm that Billy Magoulias has been released from the remainder of his contract with immediate effect to return home to Australia on compassionate grounds.

“We thank Billy for his efforts during his time at the club and wish him all the best for the future.”

Looking back

Magoulias reportedly turned down a move to Wakefield to join Warrington in a move that was announced in October.

Ahead of his move, the Sydney-born forward said: “I love a challenge and I don’t shy away from one. I don’t have an issue with getting out of my comfort zone and coming to the other side of the world to test myself.”

But he suffered an ankle injury in pre-season training and missed the start of the Super League campaign.

That meant he had to wait until the end of March for his Wolves debut, playing in the 16-12 Challenge Cup loss to Wakefield.

The former Cronulla forward tasted victory just twice in his brief stint in the UK, in the back-to-back wins over Salford and Huddersfield in April.

Warrington have been active in the transfer market recently, bringing in prop Kyle Amor on loan from St Helens and Thomas Mikaele from Wests Tigers.

They have also announced the arrival of Gil Dudson and Sam Kasiano from Catalans for next season.

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