Wigan have today released Epalahame Lauaki from the final year of his deal with the Super League club. 

The player will return to New Zealand after the Warriors finally choose to release him. It's now unclear as to whether he will continue playing rugby league in the Southern Hemisphere. 

He played 35 times for the Warriors, but he had wanted to get out of his contract for some time, but the club had previously denied him the opportunity to leave. 

A Wigan club statement reads, "After numerous requests over the last year to be released, the club has agreed." 

Lauaki joined the Super League and Challenge Cup Final holders from Hull FC in 2012 in a three-year deal. 

In his first season, he was a powerful weapon for the Warriors as they went on to win the League Leaders Shield. 

However, in his second season he was much less effective, with only seven appearances in the Warriors' double winning season. 

He had previously played for NZ Warriors in the NRL and represented Tonga in the 2008 World Cup.

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