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Henderson bids adieu to Warriors

Published: 8:50PM Monday August 23, 2010 Source: ONE Sport

  • Warriors hooker Ian Henderson (Source: Photosport)
    Warriors hooker Ian Henderson - Source: Photosport

Hooker Ian Henderson and the Warriors have today reached a mutual agreement to release him from the last year of his NRL contract to take up an offer to return to the Super League for the next three years.

Henderson (27), who has played 73 NRL matches, was off contract at the end of 2011 the NRL season.

"Ian was keen to secure his long-term future but we weren't able to extend his contract beyond 2011 at this stage," said Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah.

"A number of opportunities have since arisen and, while Ian was reluctant to leave the Vodafone Warriors, he has requested a release to return to the Super League to take up a three-year contract with French club Les Catalans.

"On the basis of the long-term security the contract provides, we have agreed to support Ian's request."

Henderson has made 65 appearances for the Warriors since joining the club from the Bradford Bulls for the 2008 NRL season.

Henderson said his future was critical in making his decision.

"It's disappointing to be leaving, because I love this place, but I wanted a long-term contract and Les Catalans are able to offer me that security," he said.

"I'll always have great memories of playing for the Vodafone Warriors and living in Auckland. It's been a great experience and it gave me the chance to really break into the NRL.

"It's not over yet, though. I want to do everything I can to give us the best possible finish to the year."

Warriors head coach Ivan Cleary said Henderson had provided real value to the squad.

"He's a durable and aggressive player who has given us a real edge in the middle of the park," he said.

"He had only a limited taste of NRL football before heading to Bradford but his three years with us have reinforced what we thought of him when we signed him.

"He still has a lot more to offer us before the season ends and I know he wants to give us as much as he possibly can."

During his Warriors career, Henderson also joined his brothers Kevin and Andy in the Scotland team at the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.