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Toulouse Olympique lose star player ahead of Super League season – but it’s not Mark Kheirallah

Toulouse Olympique have lost star halfback Johnathan Ford ahead of the 2022 Super League season.

The French club sent out a statement on their website, highlighting that the halfback had left for “personal and family reasons.”

During his eleven seasons at Toulouse, Ford played 190 games and scored 53 tries, and, as captain he steered the French club to promotion to Super League for the first time in their history following a triumphant win over Featherstone Rovers in the Million Pound Game.

This news follows a period of turbulence for the club after it was revealed earlier in the week that Mark Kheirallah was one of a handful of vociferous opponents to the COVID-19 vaccination.

Toulouse’s statement on the matter previously read: “Press release from Toulouse Olympique XIII following the article published today on Examiner Live.

“Following recent government announcements related to the health restrictions imposed on athletes playing in France, Toulouse Olympique is indeed still in conversation with certain players on this subject.

“The club wishes to respect medical secrecy and therefore will not reveal the names of the players concerned.

“To date, the 27 players in the squad are still contracted to Toulouse Olympique XIII.

“The club has no further comment at this stage.”

It could be a major development that my have repercussions on the French side’s ability to stay in Super League – especially if key stars walk.

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