TFH Gold Coast Titans centre Konrad Hurrell has today been released by the club to pursue an opportunity with Leeds Rhinos, in the English Super League.
Hurrell had one-year remaining on his contract with the Titans but the opportunity and security of a three-year deal with the English club, proved to be a considerable factor.
The Tongan international joined the club mid-way through season 2016, playing 45 games for the Titans over his two and a half year stay. The 27-year-old first made his NRL debut back in season 2012 for the New Zealand Warriors and leaves for the northern hemisphere with 116 games at the top level to his name.
Coach Garth Brennan has mixed emotions about the departure of Hurrell.
"I've always said how much of a fan I am of Konrad and that hasn't changed," Brennan said. "Konrad is a great person and someone I admire because of everything he does both here and for his family back in Tonga.
"By his own admission he had his ups and downs throughout season 2018 but his dedication and application to the club on and off the field can never be questioned.
"The club is not in a position to offer him anything beyond next season and the three-year offer for him at Leeds is something that I understand is a hard one to knock back.
"I know everyone at the club will miss his smile and laughter around the place and I know I speak on behalf of all us in wishing him all the best for the future."
Executive Chairman Dennis Watt echoed the comments from Brennan.
"Konrad is such a likable character and it is difficult to see him depart but it is the nature of our sport and this opportunity for him is one that was difficult to refuse," Watt said.
"I know Konrad is a favourite amongst our members and fans but this decision has been made in the best interest of all parties.
"We wish Konrad and his partner, Bec, all the best for the future."