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The iSelect Gold Coast Titans have today confirmed that centre Beau Champion has been granted an immediate release from his contract with the club in order to reunite with his junior club, South Sydney.
Champion, who joined the iSelect Titans last season and was restricted to nine matches due to several niggling injuries, has been granted a release to return to South Sydney - where he spent six seasons from 2005-10.
The 26-year-old will join Souths later this week on a two-year contract for seasons 2013 and 2014.
iSelect Titans Chief Executive Officer David May said Champion had been well regarded
by the club but had experienced a tough 12 months on and off the field since joining the Titans.
"Beau had a tough first year with us last season and after receiving an opportunity to return to Souths, we have elected to grant him a release,'' said May.
"While we were looking forward to seeing Beau attempt to return to his best form with us this year, we are happy that this decision is in everyone's best interest.
"We've got an exciting crop of young talent in the outside backs for the future so whilst we lose Beau's experience, we are confident that we are well covered in this area.''
iSelect Titans Coach John Cartwright said the club understood Champion's desire to return to Souths and wished him all the best.
"I think most people agree that you play your best football where you are happy and after sitting down and talking with Beau about this opportunity to go back to Souths, we fully understand his reasons why,'' said Cartwright.
"His home is Redfern and he wanted to go so we wish him all the best for the future.''
Champion thanked the club for its support and said he had grown both as a player and a person during his time with the Titans and Melbourne Storm (2011).
"I appreciate everything the people at the Titans and Storm have done for me over the past two years, and I think my time at both clubs have made me a better player and better person,'' said Champion.
"However now that an opportunity has come up to rejoin Souths, I can't miss the chance to return to the club.
"I'm over the moon at having the opportunity to return to South Sydney, the club where my career began, the team which I supported as a kid, and the club which I've always dreamed of playing for.''