Both William Barthau and Andy Ackers have been granted early releases from their contracts with London Broncos Rugby League for family reasons.
French international, Barthau, joined the Broncos in 2015, and the 27 year old scrum half will now return to his native France, after finding time away from his family and his partner too difficult.
Hooker, Andy Ackers, has also found living away from his Wigan based family too arduous. The 23 year old has spent two seasons playing in the capital, including winning Young Player of the Year at the conclusion of the 2016 season.
Head coach, Andrew Henderson, was understandably frustrated to lose two integral players, but understood the reasoning behind both requests.
“It’s very disappointing for the team, and as a coach, to lose any of our players – and perhaps these two in particular. A lot of time has gone into developing both Andy and William in their time here and they have become pivotal players within the team.
“Both players requested to be released due to family reasons. Andy to return back home to be able to support a close family member, and William to return to France to be with his partner, who he has been living away from for the past three years.
“The club has made the decision to allow them to leave and it will be a big loss for us. The challenge now is to find suitable replacements within our budget.
“I believe both William and Andy have both become better players for being here and working under our programme.
“They have made outstanding contributions to the team and the club in their time with the London Broncos. I enjoyed working with them both and wish them well in the next chapter of their careers.”
Two current members of the squad have agreed terms and will be announced shortly, as well as the signature of a Super League player, to be announced in due course.