By JACK AMI
PAPUA New Guinea Hunters co-captain Adam Korave has been released by the club for the 2017 season to address family issues, according to coach Michael Marum.
Marum, who is also the Kumuls coach, said the decision was made to give time to Korave to be with his young family after the 26-year-old had continued to have off-field issues since the club’s debut year in 2014. “Adam had too many issues off field to deal with and they were affecting him in the club. He couldn’t really focus on what he was in the Hunters for and so I talked to him and we agreed it would be better for him to take this year off and play in the Digicel Cup and come back later,” Marum said after ariving from Sydney where he attended a NRL coaching conference.
Marum said Korave was not the only player with a family and a player had to learn how to manage their football with their personal life.
“It’s tough to be away from your family and to play footy for a club but this is what it takes. Adam’s issues have been ongoing and we thought it best take some time off.
“He’s not the only one in the club. It’s been a major issue facing our guys but we’ll see how they go. I have spoken to him (Korave) and he understands.” Marum said Korave would play in the Digicel Cup and would still be eligible to return at a later date.
In other Hunters news, utility Atte Bina Wabo was released for repeated infringements and disciplinary issues.
Wabo, who was a useful impact sub over two seasons for the Hunters, will likely link up with the Lae Tigers in the Digicel Cup.
By JACK AMI