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Taunoa-Brown granted request for release from contract

Front rower Jamayne Taunoa-Brown is leaving the Vodafone Warriors to continue his NRL career with another club.

The 24-year-old 2020-2021 Indigenous All-Stars prop was initially on a train and trial contract with the club before earning a fulltime deal for the 2020 season.

“Jamayne has asked for a release from his current contract and it has been granted,” said Vodafone Warriors recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan.

“Unfortunately we were unable to offer him a contract beyond 2022 so, with his best interests in mind, we’ve reluctantly agreed to let him go so he can accept a long-term offer for his future and security.

“It’s unfortunate to lose Jamayne as we have seen him progress from the Intrust Super Cup at Brisbane Norths to train and trial then a top 30 contract but we couldn’t stand in his way of accepting such a good offer considering our current crop of middles.

“We thank him for his efforts and wish him well moving forward.”

Taunoa-Brown made his NRL debut off the bench in the opening round of the 2020 season against the Newcastle Knights, going on to make 19 appearances in his rookie year.

He added 13 more matches this year to lift his club tally to 32 while he also had two games while on loan to the St George Illawarra Dragons.

Despite losing Taunoa-Brown, the Vodafone Warriors have a strong core of middle forwards in Tohu Harris, Addin Fonua-Blake, Matt Lodge, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Bunty Afoa, and Aaron Pene plus rookies Tom Ale and Jackson Frei while Bayley Sironen and Josh Curran are also options at loose forward.

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