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Lodge granted immediate release from rest of contract

Vodafone Warriors prop Matt Lodge is leaving the club immediately after being granted a release from the rest of his contract.

“Matt told us a while ago that for professional and personal reasons he couldn’t commit to a long-term future in New Zealand when we return home for next season,” said Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George.

“The opportunity for him to leave now allows us to move forward with our future planning and to develop our younger players.

“We’re grateful to Matt for the contribution he has made since joining us last year and wish him and his family all the best for the future.”

Lodge (26) joined the Vodafone Warriors from the Broncos in July last year.

“I couldn’t see my family living in New Zealand for a long-term future,” said Lodge.

“Therefore we decided that the best thing for the club was for us to mutually part ways so they have some clarity.

“I respect the club and especially the boys a lot and hopefully I showed that by the way I trained and played physical and gave my all every game.”

Lodge’s 14th and final appearance for the Vodafone Warriors was against South Sydney last Saturday.

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