Saturday 3 December 2016

Douglas eager to return to Australia 'real soon'

Published 11/07/2015 | 02:30

Douglas has failed to settle in Dublin and after an indifferent debut season, is eager to move back to Australia in time to be included in their World Cup squad
Douglas has failed to settle in Dublin and after an indifferent debut season, is eager to move back to Australia in time to be included in their World Cup squad

Kane Douglas' move back to Australia has taken another step closer after the second-row asked Leinster to be released on compassionate grounds.

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The 26-year-old has two years left to his contract but is desperate to return home to be closer to his family.

Douglas has failed to settle in Dublin and after an indifferent debut season, is eager to move back to Australia in time to be included in their World Cup squad.

"There are a few things going on at home that I need to be there for," Douglas said.

Tough

"I didn't think it would be this tough to be away from it all and I hope I can get back home real soon.

"It's been a good time but also tough here. I have spoken to the club about what's going on with my family and I've made it pretty clear that I want to get it sorted."

Douglas was called up to the Australia squad last week, ahead of the World Cup, but he cannot play at the tournament unless he signs with an Australian Super Rugby side.

Douglas has only won 14 caps, which is way short of the required 60 for overseas-based players to play for the Wallabies under Australia's new regulations.

Leinster manager Guy Easterby has already stated that he expects Douglas to return but the province are believed to be holding out for compensation, understood to be in the region of ¤250,000 for his early release.

The Queensland Reds lead the chase for Douglas' signature as they look to replace James Horwill in the second-row.

Douglas underwent back surgery in April and is already in a race to prove his fitness, should he seal his move back home.

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