Manly Sea Eagles have announced that half-back Jackson Hastings has been released from the remainder of his contract.
Hastings has been strongly linked with a move to Super League for some weeks now, which would see him follow in the footsteps of former teammate Akuila Uate, who is on the verge of a move to Huddersfield Giants.
The 22-year-old made 34 appearances for Sydney Roosters before joining Manly last year.
Hastings played 13 matches for the Sea Eagles but was dropped in round six of this year after reportedly falling out with teammate and Sea Eagles’ captain Daly Cherry-Evans.
He has since been plying his trade with Manly’s feeder club, the Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles, but will now look to revive his career in England, if reports are correct.
A number of clubs are after his signature, with Huddersfield leading the race ahead of the likes of Leeds and Hull KR.
He and his agent had already opened talks with the Giants about a move for the 2019 season but with Hastings now a free agent, he could arrive at the John Smith’s Stadium sooner than expected.