By PARKER TAMBUA
THE SP Hunters have released forward Casey Dickson on disciplinary grounds midway through Queensland’s Hostplus Cup season, says coach Matthew Church.
He told The National yesterday that the former Lae Tigers premiership winner had not lived up to the South Pacific Brewery-sponsored club’s standards.
“The Hunters have an agreed-upon set of values and standards across the whole organisation that are an expectation of anyone representing our club,” Church said.
“Similar to other players in the pre-season who chose not to live up to these standards, Casey has returned to Papua New Guinea.
“We wish him well on his rugby league journey.” Dickson has immediately joined Mendi Muruks in the Digicel Cup after his arrival from the Gold Coast. He featured in the Petroleum Resource Kutubu-sponsored side’s 18-12 win over Waghi Tumbe in round five at the Lae Rugby League Ground last Sunday.
The Hunters released a couple of players in the pre-season due to discipline.
But for some players, their exit had presented an opportunity for them to join other teams in the second-tier competitions.
Former Hunter Epel Kapinias is in solid form for Hostplus Cup runners-up Wynnum Manly Seagulls while Edwin Ipape is making an impact for the English Championship side, Leigh Centurions. The Hunters released both players in January.
Meanwhile, the Hunters will look to record their third win of the season when they face Tweed Heads Seagulls in round 10 at Piggabeen Sports Complex next Sunday (3pm kick-off).
Church’s men have recorded two wins and six losses to occupy 12th spot on the 14-team ladder in the Hostplus Cup.