O’Connor released by Reds for ‘personal welfare reasons’

GOLD COAST Rugby Union player, James O’Connor, has been released from the final year of his contract with the Queensland Reds due to personal welfare reasons.

According to a club statement, O’Connor has been dealing with a number of of “personal matters” which the Queensland Rugby Union, Australian Rugby Union and the Rugby Union Players’ Association have all been aware of since May.

The former Wallabies star had joined the Reds on a two-year deal ahead of the 2015 Super Rugby season.


“I came to the Reds with the intention of playing my best football in my home state and looking for a fresh start but I’ve struggled with some personal matters,” O’Connor said in the statement.

“The Reds are a wonderful team and organisation and I’m very disappointed I wasn’t able to achieve my full potential for my home state.

“I wish the Reds all the best for 2016 and beyond.”

Queensland Rugby Union chief executive Jim Carmichael said it was in the best interests of both parties that O’Connor part ways with the Reds.

It paves the way for the 25-year-old to return to French glamour club Toulon, where he spent six months before joining the Reds earlier this year.

He has been repeatedly linked with a move back to Toulon this season.