Place leaves Fax, returns to Australia

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Halifax have released their Australian half back Matt Place with immediate effect, citing ‘family reasons’.

The player, who will fly back to Sydney on Saturday morning, only arrived in England before Christmas from NSW Cup side Mounties, along with teammates Mitch Cahalane and Adam Tangata.

But while Cahalane in particular has made a solid start to life in the Championship, Place has often looked ill at ease - despite scoring the winning try at Batley in round three - and was under pressure from Ben Johnston ahead of Sunday’s home game against Dewsbury.

In a statement, Fax chairman Michael Steele said: “Matt has worked hard since arriving from Australia before Christmas, and has been a valued member of the squad, scoring the winning try at Batley.

“However, he has family commitments in Sydney, and, naturally those take priority over his sporting ambitions here.

“We wish him well in his future career.”