The Manly Sea Eagles have released hard working second rower Shane Rodney from the final year of his contract to enable him to sign a three year deal in the English Super League with the London Harlequins.

Rodney, 28, has played 125 games in the NRL. He is in his third season with the Sea Eagles after joining the club from the Penrith Panthers.

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Originally from Tamworth, Rodney said he is eager to finish his career in the NRL with a premiership at the Sea Eagles.

“I have loved my time at Manly. The team spirit is as good as it gets and I would love to do a lap of honour with the boys come October.

“Manly gave me a new lease of life after an injury riddled last couple of years at Penrith and I am grateful to Des Hasler for the opportunity at such a great club.

“Leaving Manly will be hard but I have always wanted to play in England and this opportunity came earlier than expected and Manly have given me the chance to take it up,” Rodney said.

Rodney and his wife Jacquie are expecting the birth of their first child which has increased his desire for some security going forward.

Manly coach Des Hasler said the club was reluctant to let Rodney go.