Mahe Fonua will leave Hull FC at the end of the current Super League season because of family reasons.
Despite having a year left on his contract, the 24-year-old will return to Australia where he is likely to join a team in the NRL.
The Tongan international has become a fans favourite at Hull and he played a major part in ending the club’s Wembley hoodoo last August, scoring a try in the 12-10 Challenge Cup Final victory against Warrington.
Fonua has thanked the club for supporting him with the decision and FC head coach Lee Radford has paid tribute to the no nonsense winger describing him as “exceptionally talented.”
He added: “We are obviously disappointed to lose a player of Mahe’s quality, but we completely understand his reasons for returning home.
“It is not the way of our club to stand in the way of a player in these circumstances and Mahe and his family will leave with our blessing and best wishes.
“He arrived as a bit of an unknown quantity to many people, but leaves us having made a real impression on the club and the competition,” said Radford.