Joe Wardle has informed the Newcastle Knights that the 2017 Season in the NRL will be his first and last.
The 25-year old former Huddersfield Giant signed a 3-year contract with the Knights at the end of the 2016 season and was part a of a player swap between Jake Mamo and himself.
Wardle made his Knights debut in round 4 of the 2017 season against the Penrith Panthers and has gone on to make a further seven appearances for the Newcastle Knights in 2017, scoring twice.
But, Wardle has declared that his NRL career will only last the one season and will return to Super League in 2018. Wardle is understood not adjusting well to the Australian environment and has asked the Newcastle Knights for a early release form his contract on compassionate grounds. It is believed that the Knights have given Wardle the nod to leave the club at season’s end.
Wardle is believed to have had multiple Super League Club, but the 25-year old has narrowed it down to just two clubs, The Castleford Tigers and Warrington Wolves. It has been reported that the Castleford Tigers are believed to be Wardle’s choice, but Warrington is understood to have tabled a more lucrative deal to entice the second-rower/Centre.
Wardle came through the ranks at Bradford Bulls after signing from Illingworth ARLFC. Wardle made his debut for Bradford against Warrington Wolves in the Challenge Cup in the 2010 season.
At the end of the 2010 season, Wardle rejected a new contract from Bradford, and instead signed for Huddersfield Giants.
Wardle was named the 2014 Huddersfield Giants season’s player of the year, establishing self has one of the best defensive centres in Super League.
Wardle is a Scotland International representing his country on 6 occasions between 2010 and 2014, Wardle is expected to make a decision between Castleford and Warrington within the coming weeks.