The career of one of the most entertaining try-scorers of the modern rugby league era may be over.
Fijian flyer Akuila Uate – known affectionately as ‘Akuila the Thriller’ – is returning to Australia just a year and a bit into a three-season deal with the Huddersfield club.
The 32-year-old Uate still hopes to continue his career in the NRL but has a chronic ankle injury that restricted him to just 12 games with the British club.
“He can barely run,” a source close to Uate said. “It will be tough for him to get another start, and it’s sad that he ends a great career this way.”
Uate burst onto the NRL scene with Newcastle in 2008, scoring a try on debut.
He quickly established himself as a crowd favourite for the Knights and left the club for Manly in 2017 as the highest try-scorer in the club’s history.
He had two successful seasons at Brookvale before moving to Britain last year.
Among his achievements are New South Wales, Australian and Fijian honours, as well as three Dally M Winger of the Year awards.
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