The North Queensland Cowboys are shocked by Michael Parker-Walshe’s decision to walk away from rugby league but are respectful of his decision to return home to the Gold Coast.
North Queensland yesterday officially granted the 20-year-old a release from the remainder of his NRL contract. While the details of the release are to be finalised, Cowboys football manager Peter Parr said homesickness prompted Parker-Walshe’s request.
“We’re having a bit of trouble getting our head around this one because Michael hasn’t said too much, apart from the fact that after being here 2 1/2 years he’s become homesick and football isn’t a priority in his life any more,” he said. “We can only … hope he gets back to the Gold Coast and becomes a little happier.” A clause in the release is likely to include that 2011 under-20s star Parker-Walshe cannot sign with another club for at least a year.
“But it should be a moot argument given he’s indicated to us very clearly he has no intention of playing this year,” Parr said.