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Departing Championship star explains sudden exit

York RLFC have been struck by a bit of a blow on the eve of the Championship season by losing star Australian halfback Brendan O’Hagan who is set to return home leaving York without one of their key players for the 2023 season and beyond.

Speaking on the club’s website, O’Hagan explained the decision: “It’s been a long and hard-thought decision. For my personal life at the moment, it’s the right time to be back home in Australia and a lot closer to my family.

“It’s tough going across the other side of the world without your family around you. Now is the right time for myself and my family to go back and be a lot closer to them.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time here in York but going back home in the off-season to see my family for the first time since moving away, it really made my decision about what I want.

“Over the last few months, it’s been tough and I’m happy with the decision I’ve made.”

York RLFC Chairman Clint Goodchild thanked him for his service: “We are saddened by Brendan’s departure, not only for his on-field abilities but also for what he has done for the Club off the field.

“As an active member of the community here in York, Brendan has served as a wonderful representative of the Club.

“We are supportive of Brendan as he returns to Australia and I can speak first hand to the difficulties of being away from family for long periods of time.

“Brendan now has clarity over his future and feels the time is now right to depart.

“He will forever be welcome in York and we thank him for all he has done for the Club.”

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