Rebels part ways with Kurtley Beale
July 13, 2013
Kurtley Beale has joined the exodus from Melbourne Rebels © Getty Images
Melbourne Rebels have confirmed they will not be offering Kurtley Beale a new contract, his tenure with the Rebels ending after Friday night's thrilling 38-37 win over the Highlanders.
"Whilst Kurtley has been a valuable and popular player for the Rebels over the last two years, it is no secret that he has been facing some significant personal challenges," Rebels chief executive Rob Clarke told The Courier Mail.
"The Rebels have supported him through this process and at all times have made decisions in the best interests of Kurtley's welfare. Kurtley will continue his off-field program in Sydney and the Rebels believe that he should remain there supported by his family network."
He is the latest member of the Rebels to exit the club, joining Wallabies fly-half James O'Connor and coach Damien Hill.
"The Melbourne Rebels have announced some major changes in recent weeks, signifying a strong intention to elevate the performance of the organisation and build a sustainable winning culture both on and off the field," Clarke said.
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