Joe Vickery’s career with the champions didn’t get off to the best of starts and with the Leeds Rhinos team full of talented youngsters the release doesn’t really come as a surprise.
After joining from Gold Coast Titans on trial and then being given a contract, Vickery was sidelined during the first game of the season and hasn’t made and impact since.
With only 10 appearances for the current champions including the World Club Challenge, Vickery departs the club with only one first team try to his name.
The statement from the club included a brief statement from Vickery in which he said: "I don't regret anything and I just want to thank the club for giving me the best opportunity ever. I wish things had worked out differently but that wasn't to be.”
Vickery now plans to head back to Australia and see what happens and at only 23-years-old he still has plenty of rugby in him so can be expected to make his way back into the first team wherever he goes.
Leeds Coach Brian McDermott said upon him leaving: "Joe leaves the club with our very best wishes and thanks for his efforts since coming to the Rhinos. I think he deserves a lot of credit for backing himself and coming over here to try and earn a shot at playing top flight rugby league.”
With only a handful of games left in the regular season Super League teams are starting to think towards the playoffs including Leeds’ who are hoping to win their sixth Grand final in seven years.