The Wollongong NRE Hawks have today released American import Durrell Summers from his season contract with the club.
Summers advised the club upon arrival last month that he was working through previous matters with his agent, including his contract with the NRE Hawks, admitting that there had been a significant miscommunication between him and his agent in regards to the terms of his contract with the club.
Summers has since parted ways with his agent and although discussions have continued, neither party was able to come to an agreement. Summers, who is now being represented by his Uncle advised his immediate departure from Australia to return home to review his situation.
After Summers' pre-season performance against the Kings on the weekend, there was a request from Summers' agent to increase his agreed probationary contract for the remainder of the 2013/14 season.
General Manager for the Wollongong NRE Hawks, Stuart Wilkinson says the club has been extremely supportive of Durrell throughout this process.
“Although negotiations were taking place, an agreement could not be reached within the clubs budget. Durrell has advised us that he is now looking to play out the season in Europe” said Wilkinson.
NRE Hawks Head Coach conceded it is a blow to the teams preparations who are just one week out from the season start but maintains it was in the best interest of the team.
“The last thing we want is a player who doesn’t want to be here, whatever the reason, it’s not good for the team and it’s not good for the player.
Our pre-season preparations have been strong and our focus now needs to turn to our game against the Breakers next week" said McLeod.
Coaching staff are now working to find a replacement for the import.
The NRE Hawks will play their season opener on Thursday 10 October against the New Zealand Breakers in New Zealand.