FORMER Wakefield Wildcat Gareth Ellis will return to England next year after Wests Tigers agreed to release the second-rower a year early from his contract.
The 30-year-old, who made over 100 appearances in the red, white and blue, was contracted to the NRL side until the end of the 2013 season but asked Tigers for a release from his contract at the end of this campaign.
It means the England international will return to Super League to see out his successful career and the news will put a number of clubs on alert.
“I feel the time is right for me to return to England,” Ellis said.
“It was a difficult decision to make as I have really enjoyed my time at Wests Tigers. Everyone at the Club has been terrific to me and my family. I couldn’t ask for more.
“I have a young son now. My wife Rachael and I feel it is time to head home to our families at the end of this season.”
Castleford-born Ellis started his Tigers career in 2009 and has won the club’s player of the year award for the last three years, becoming the only Wests Tigers player to achieve such a feat.
He came through the Wildcats Academy and went on to make over 100 appearances for Wakefield, as well as captaining the club and becoming the first Wildcats player in 12 years to represent Great Britain.
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