Wakefield let Southern leave
Wakefield have confirmed that captain Steve Southern has left the club less than 12 months into a three-year deal.
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Southern signed from the Newcastle Knights ahead of the 2012 Super League season but he was limited to 15 appearances by a number of niggling injuries, having to hand over the captaincy to Danny Kirmond.
Southern returned to Australia at the end of the season and both player and club have agreed to part ways, with coach Richard Agar thanking him for his contribution.
"I'd like to thank Steve, especially for what he did for us early in the season and he goes with our best wishes," Agar told the club's official website.
"He had two years left to run but things didn't quite work out for him for one reason or another and he's gone back to Australia.
"All parties were in complete agreement that this was the right thing to do and we wish Steve all the best as he did with us."
Chief Executive James Elston also thanked Southern for his efforts in the red, white and blue, adding: "Steve was the first captain of the new era and so will always have a place in the history of the club.
"He was a true professional during his time here and on behalf of the club I wish Steve and his family all the best for the future."