WIGAN have cut their losses on Zak Hardaker and released him after his latest disciplinary issues.
The Warriors’ star was sidelined after ‘failing to meet standards off the field.’
And even though the centre insisted it was, ‘just a stumble,’ he has had his contract ripped up.
Wigan insisted the move, ‘enables him to return to his family base in Yorkshire to pursue career opportunities closer to home.’
But it was apparent they are furious at how things turned out.
Executive Director Kris Radlinski said: “Zak Hardaker is a hugely talented player, universally liked by team mates and staff.
“Everybody at Wigan Warriors has done everything they could to provide him with the platform he needed to shine at the highest level.
“As a consequence we are all extremely disappointed that his time at the Club has had to end in this way. We wish him all the best for the future.”
Hardaker moved from Greater Manchester to West Yorkshire in the off-season, a decision that did not go down well with Warriors owner Ian Lenagan.
He said late last year: “We’ve helped rehabilitate the reputation of Zak Hardaker in the last three years, and it’s cost us a lot of time and money – but he is worth it.
“We’re disappointed he’s moving back to West Yorkshire.
“We understand why he’s doing it, and it’s his choice. But we’re nervous of it, without a doubt.”