Super League: Wigan Warriors part company with prop Epalahame Lauaki
Wigan Warriors have parted company with prop Epalahame Lauaki and are thought to be close to releasing Andy Powell.
Last Updated: 24/01/14 8:25am
The 29-year-old has made a number of previous requests to be released from his playing contract at the DW Stadium and the club have now agreed to let him go.
It is understood that Lauaki, who was born in Tonga, returned home to New Zealand in August, citing personal problems.
The former New Zealand Warriors star joined Wigan in 2012 on a three-year contract from Hull FC and still had one season remaining on his deal.
Wigan are also thought to be close to releasing rugby union convert Andy Powell.
The 32-year-old former Wales and Lions forward signed a two-and-a-half-year deal last April but he struggled to get to grips with league and played just five games.
Powell's last match was against Huddersfield in September, when he was replaced after nine minutes, and he did not make the World Cup due to neck surgery.