Monaghan will walk away from his two year contract, believed to be around $250,000 a year to try and chase a fresh start in the English Super League. A move to England will likely be Monaghan’s only chance of employment next year as the NRL is likely to deregister him for 12 months.
The 27-year-old, who admits he recently began counselling to deal with alcohol problems, hopes to one day return to the NRL.
“It will be the saddest day of my life when I leave,” Monaghan said in his first interview since the crisis emerged.
“If I try to stay here, there is too big a chance of my club being damaged as a result of the outcry over my stupid prank.
“I caused this, I have to fix it – and that means I have to leave. I am a Canberra boy and it was always my dream to play for the Green Machine … and it really hurts that I have caused so much trouble.”
Monaghan’s manager Jim Banaghan has been in contact with several English clubs in the past 48 hours and is confident of getting him a start despite the disgusting nature of his Mad Monday behaviour.