Brumbies release unfortunate Hoiles

02 December 2011 11:11:38 EST

The Brumbies have released former club captain Stephen Hoiles from the last year of his contract due to his troubling Achilles injury.

Hoiles injured his Achilles last year and, in the subsequent 18 months, managed to make just one appearance for the club, which is why Brumbies weren't too keen to keep him at the club.

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According to recent medical reports, Hoiles is showing good signs in his rehabilitation phase but he is not expected to be fit in time for the 2012 Super Rugby season, because of which, a mutual decision of an amicable parting of ways has been taken by both the club and the player.

In his final statement, Hoiles said: "Because of my injury, this past year has been a difficult one for the club and for me but we have had a good discussion and I feel very comfortable with the decision we have mutually agreed on.

"My rehab is coming along well and it's my intention to return to the playing field in the not too distant future. Where exactly that will be is something that will unravel in the months ahead."

Brumbies coach Jake White told the media that it was sad to see the 30-year-old depart the club, adding: "I have been impressed with the way that Stephen has handled this situation and how he has been able to put the Brumbies first.

"I commend him for his approach. Stephen has been an outstanding member of the Brumbies for a long time and it is sad to see him move on."

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