The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have agreed to release back-rower Rhyse Martin to take up an offer to play in Super League.
Martin was offered a contract extension by the Bulldogs, but declined and has asked for an immediate release to take up a longer, two and a half year deal in England.
26 year-old Martin made his NRL debut for the Bulldogs last season against the Brisbane Broncos and made a total of 25 NRL appearances for the club.
Bulldogs Chief Executive Andrew Hill was understanding of Martin's desire to move to England :
"Rhyse is an excellent young man and when he came seeking a release from his contract yesterday to take up a longer deal in Super League we decided not to stand in his way. We had previously offered Rhyse a contract extension, but he felt that moving to Super League was the right decision for himself and his career and as such we have agreed to allow him to leave before the July deadline."
*As a result of the change James Roumanos has now been added to the Bulldogs Top 30 from the club's Development Players list, while Connelly Leumelu takes his place on that list.