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Digby Ioane quits the Reds

Digby Ioane

Wallaby and Queenland Reds flyer steps out of contract early

Wallaby winger Digby Ioane has quit the Reds following a third-party payment dispute.

Ioane had another year in his three-year deal with the union, but will depart at the end of the season.

“It’s all a business matter, that’s why I’m leaving. I had no choice,” said Ioane.

“I’ve been thinking about it for the last six or seven months. It started last year… Sadly, it has come to the stage where I have to look somewhere else so I can look after myself.”

“I believe in loyalty but there’s times when you can’t trust anyone,” said the speedster.

Ioane added that despite his upcoming departure, he will still give his all for the Queensland side.

“I’m the type of person who would do anything for the Reds. They’ve been so good to me. I’ll never regret anything.

“I’ve enjoyed my footy. We’ve won a title and I’m hoping to win it again for the Reds and especially for (head coach Ewen) McKenzie because it’s his last year as well.”

Reds chief executive Jim Charmichael is unhappy with Ioane’s decision to quit, saying that certain allegations are incorrect.

“I have written to him three times legally, Digby Ioane is not owed money by Queensland Rugby,” Carmichael said.

“I don’t know how many times I have to say that. I don’t care what he says, I don’t care what his manager says. ”

“If he disputes that, then you have got (the courts). Take it and challenge it.”

Ioane’s deal with the Queensland Reds allowed him the opportunity to leave before his three-year stint only if he were to play overseas.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

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