Israel Folau has quit Australian Rules and could be heading back to the NRL
Israel Folau could be heading back to the NRL after ending his Aussie Rules experiment with Greater Western Sydney.
Last Updated: 01/11/12 7:31am
The 23-year-old made only a minimal impact in the AFL with two goals in 13 matches, his efforts being overshadowed by the off-field coup he proved to be for the first-season team.
He left the NRL in 2010, where he played 90 times for Melbourne and Brisbane, to join the Giants in their inaugural season.
Folau, who was the youngest rugby league player named to an Australian side in 2007 at the age of 18, is reportedly close to signing with the Parramatta Eels, although he was silent on his possible next venture when he made the announcement that his AFL career was over.
"Obviously today was a pretty hard decision to make and one I've been thinking about for a while," said Folau. "It's only fair for the club to let them know...the passion wasn't there.
"At this stage, I've had no discussions with any clubs at all. I would not change this experience for anything...it was definitely not a waste of time."