An experienced campaigner across the NRL, there will be no swansong year for Glenn Stewart at the South Sydney Rabbitohs, with club and player agreeing to an early release from his contract.
Initially signed for 2015 and 2016 from the Manly Sea Eagles, the decision was made to release Stewart from his contract to allow him to sign with a Super League side, believed to be the Catalan Dragons.
Whilst the club were quick to thank Stewart for his commitment to the club in a short time, coach Michael Maguire said the veteran forward’s work is not done just yet.
â€œGlenn came to us with an opportunity recently for him to lengthen his career for both him and his family overseas and we have granted him the release as of the end of this season,â€ Coach Maguire said.
â€œGlenn has done a fantastic job for us so far this year and his commitments to this Club are not yet over.
â€œWe look forward to continuing our journey this year with Glenn as part of the team, and we will then wish him luck with his future endeavours once this season has come to a close.â€
With the Bunnies now in the finals series, Stewart will give his all for the club in the remaining games for the Bunnies.
â€œIâ€™m grateful to the Club for allowing me to take this opportunity next year, but thatâ€™s next year, and we still have things we want to achieve this year,â€ Stewart said.
â€œIâ€™ll be doing everything I can to help this team achieve those goals.
â€œI want to thank all of the players, coaches, staff and the Members for making me feel so welcome this year and Iâ€™ll be putting in everything on the field to pay that back to the Club before the season is over.â€
Ahead of the move to Catalans for next year, Stewart is excited about what lies ahead and felt that the move was the best one for both he and his family.
“I am very happy to commit myself to evolve and Dragons in Super League,” said Stewart.
“This is a new challenge for me and I hope to again have the chance to lift trophies. This opportunity comes at the best time for me and my family and we are very excited about this new experience of living in a new country.
It is a beautiful place to live and I am looking forward to discover the French lifestyle.”
With Catalans on the lookout for an experienced player, they found their man in Stewart and coach Laurent Frayssinous was pleased to get the veteran on board.
“I am very pleased with the signing of Glenn Stewart,” said Frayssinous.
“We were looking for an experienced player to complete our staff before and it is great news for the club to attract a player of Glenn’s caliber.
We were looking for a player of his profile can cover several positions in the pack, and we are delighted to have reached agreement with him. He will bring his offensive and defensive qualities to the team and his leadership and experience of the highest level.
It is a true competitor, who has experience of winning and for whom only victory counts.”