St George Illawarra have dropped their pursuit of Catalans Dragons’ controversial centre Israel Folau. The dual-code international returned to Australia at the end of last season with his wife and newborn baby and has yet to report back to Perpignan ahead of the 2021 season, largely due to pressing family matters.
“We’ve had numerous conversions,” said Chan. “He’s got a critically ill mother-in-law and that’s the priority for him and the priority for us because we care about player welfare.”
“We’re giving him as long as it takes, we’ve told him to make sure that everything is taken care of and to keep us updated on what’s going on. We’re working closely with Izzy, waiting for news and hoping for the best,” he added. “At no point have we spoken about a release. We’d built our squad around certain players that we had re-signed, Izzy being one of them.”