Warrington Wolves have parted company with Josh McGuire with immediate effect.
The loose-forward joined the Wolves at the start of the season becoming the only World Cup winner currently in Super League.
He, alongside Paul Vaughan, were major signings for the Wolves.
However playing in a pre-season friendly against Leigh Leopards, McGuire was hit with a seven match ban for discriminatory language.
Following his return he was then his with a 12 match ban and a £1000. This came after he allegedly used similar language directed at a member of Josh Charnley’s family as the two met in another meeting between Warrington and Leigh.
This led to speculation about his future and ultimately culminated in his departure from the club as of today.
Warrington made the following statement:
“The Club can confirm that Josh McGuire has left the Wire by mutual agreement with immediate effect.
“McGuire has now returned to Australia with his family. We wish Josh well in his next chapter.”
McGuire is thus headed back home.
But what happens now for McGuire?
The likelihood is he will retire. He is already 33 and left the NRL for Super League for one last challenge.
If he wanted to return to the pitch, it would be up to the NRL to decide whether to honour his 12 match ban.
Given the NRL’s toughness on disciplinary and behaviour, you would expect they would.
Jamie Peacock said on BBC over the weekend that McGuire’s career was over and that may be true.