Joseph Tomane
Early release

The Gold Coast Titans have granted requests to release rugby union bound duo Shannon Walker (Australian Rugby Sevens) and Joseph Tomane (ACT Brumbies) from their existing contracts with the club.

The Titans have opted to grant both players an immediate release from the final month of their respective contracts in order to allow them to commence preparations for their code switches to rugby union.

Walker will join the Australian Sevens Squad for training this weekend while Tomane will join the Brumbies through one of their affiliate clubs, Uni Norths, this weekend.

Walker has played four NRL matches since making his debut for the Titans in 2008 while Tomane has played 14 NRL games since joining the club from the Melbourne Storm in 2010.

Walker said while he enjoyed his time at the Gold Coast based NRL club, the idea of playing Rugby Sevens for Australia was an opportunity too good to refuse.

“I really enjoyed my time at the Titans and I learnt a lot but when I looked at Sevens and looked at the opportunities it provides to tour the world and represent Australia at the Olympics I couldn’t really turn down the idea,” said Walker.

Tomane, who played rugby at Nudgee College in Brisbane, said he was thankful for the Titans’ understanding in allowing him to return to rugby union.

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“It was a hard decision but I’m thankful for Carty (Coach John Cartwright) and the Titans for giving me an opportunity and also allowing me to leave early,’’ said Tomane.

“It was hard to leave early but I had to do what’s best for me. I’m now going to focus on getting my rugby career underway.’’