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Injured Byrne in deal to leave Hull

15/04/2009 05:46:57 AM Comments (0)

Injured Australian utility back Todd Byrne on Tuesday reached an agreement with his Super League club Hull over ending his contract.

The 30-year-old suffered a season-ending knee injury in the second game of Hull's campaign at Celtic Crusaders in February and was out of contract at the end of the year.

The former Sydney Roosters and New Zealand Warriors player, who underwent a knee reconstruction, has now reached a settlement with the club over the remainder of his deal.

Byrne said: "I have loved every minute of my time at Hull FC and I leave with fond memories of the club, the city and the people."

He joined Hull from Warriors last year and scored six tries in 22 appearances.

His departure frees up a space on the overseas quota should Hull look to make another signing.

Chief executive James Rule said: "Todd has been an outstanding ambassador for Hull FC, both on and off the field.

"On behalf of our fans, staff, coaches and players I wish to thank him for his service to Hull FC and to wish him the best of luck in the future."

Meanwhile, West Hull MP Alan Johnson, the Health Secretary, has lent his support to the club in their attempts to secure visas for Michael Crocker and Epalahame Lauaki.

Former Melbourne Storm forward Crocker was Hull's marquee signing for 2009 but had his initial application for a visa turned down.

He reapplied to the British Consulate in Canberra in February but is still awaiting a verdict.

New Zealand Warriors star Lauaki, whose signing was also announced in February, is still to hear whether his application has been successful.

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