Family always comes first, and we would never stand in Kallum’s way of doing what is best for his family in a very difficult time. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? A man walks down a deserted Camden High Street, Goodge Street Station is one of the many stations closed to help reduce the spread, An empty street in the heart of Chinatown, People in masks in Chinatown a day after the lockdown, A near-empty Piccadilly Circus during the first week of lockdown, Sonja, my neighbour, who I photographed while taking a short walk. Watkins left Leeds Rhinos after 12 years with the club. Don't have an account?

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Watkins won three Super League titles at Leeds while making more than 250 appearances since joining their academy in 2007, which cemented his place as one of the leading centres in the division and caught the interest of Australian side Gold Coast, who signed him halfway through the 2019 campaign. “Every day he exhibited the qualities that the club wanted from him – namely his leadership and his professionalism. UK stores have closed until further notice, A notice displayed on a shop window in Camden, As part of the lockdown, all non-essential shops have been ordered to close.Image from Camden High Street, A skateboarder wearing a mask utilises his exercise allowance in the Camden area, Communities have been coming together in a time of need, A woman stands alone in a deserted Oxford Street. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates.

“But family always comes first, and we would never stand in Kallum’s way of doing what is best for his family in a very difficult time. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. “For him to have to walk away now just as he was getting back to his best is devastating for him, and for us as his friends. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. “However, some serious family health concerns have forced Watkins and his family to immediately move his family back to the UK, bringing his time at the Gold Coast – and his long-stated desire to prove himself in the NRL – to a premature end.”, Injury meant Watkins couldn’t make an impact with the club.Source:News Corp Australia. GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 22: Kallum Watkins of the Titans is tackled during the round 2 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Parramatta Eels at Cbus Super Stadium on March 22, 2020 in Gold Coast, Australia. “But family always comes first, and we would never stand in Kallum’s way of doing what is best for his family in a very difficult time. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images.

Press Association AAP April 18, 2020 11:55pm It’s understood that Watkins is already back in the UK with his wife and children set to follow imminently, and his manager Chris Orr confirmed that the decision had been taken because “family comes first”. Coronavirus: How has sport been affected? “After a period of recovery from a knee reconstruction and adjustment to the NRL last year, a terrific pre-season had the 29-year-old set to deliver his best for the Titans in 2020. “However, some serious family health concerns have forced Watkins and his family to immediately move his family back to the UK, bringing his time at the Gold Coast – and his long-stated desire to prove himself in the NRL – to a premature end.”. “I am mostly just bitterly disappointed for Kallum – firstly that he has to endure this awful situation with health concerns with family members, and secondly that he has had to walk away from his dream of proving himself in the NRL. Kallum Watkins returns home from Gold Coast Titans as father has coronavirus Last Updated: 18/04/20 1:18pm Kallum Watkins has ended his … The 29-year-old, who has won 25 England caps and featured at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, left boyhood club Leeds Rhinos in 2019 to move to Australia and test himself on the biggest stage, although a serious knee injury last season limited his playing time to just a handful of appearances Down Under. We rely on advertising to help fund our award-winning journalism. England centre is already back in the UK after Gold Coast Titans agreed to … Join the conversation, you are commenting as, news.com.au — Australia’s leading news site. “He leaves the Titans with our thanks and best wishes, for him and his family.”. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium.

England centre is already back in the UK after Gold Coast Titans agreed to release him from his contract as ‘family comes first’, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. NRL: Kallum Watkins quits Gold Coast Titans to return to UK after father contracts coronavirus. Former Leeds Rhinos captain has been released from his contract in Australia. The former England man, who starred in their run … Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. “For him to have to walk away now just as he was getting back to his best is devastating for him, and for us as his friends. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. A NOTE ABOUT RELEVANT ADVERTISING: We collect information about the content (including ads) you use across this site and use it to make both advertising and content more relevant to you on our network and other sites. Watkins’ wife Sophie posted a message on her Instagram page to thank the Titans for their understanding and to confirm that she will fly back to Britain with the couple’s three children next week, adding “thanks for the memories (Australia). England international rugby league player Kallum Watkins has been granted an immediate release from Gold Coast Titans to deal with “serious family health concerns”. The former Rhinos captain was unable to turn the Titans’s fortunes around as they finished bottom of last season’s NRL table, having arrived injured after undergoing knee reconstruction on his anterior cruciate ligament - an injury that curtailed his Leeds career prematurely. Sign up, Join the conversation, you are commenting as Logout. Before moving to Australia, Watkins made more than 250 appearances for the Rhinos, winning six Super League Grand Finals, two Challenge Cups and the World Club Challenge during his time at Headingley. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. Watkins’ availability will put a number of clubs on alert over his next move, but his immediate concerns are for his family at a time of national crisis.

Nationwide News Pty Limited Copyright © 2020. A statement issued by Australian club Titans read: “The Gold Coast Titans have granted a request from English Test centre Kallum Watkins for an immediate release from his NRL contract, so that he can return to the United Kingdom for personal reasons.