FORMER Coffs Harbour rugby league junior Michael Spence has left Brisbane Broncos with the full blessing of coach Ivan Henjak.
Spence was last Sunday named at lock in the club’s star-studded 2011 NRL squad but local Brisbane Broncos representative Anthony Field confirmed he then made overtures to be released from his contract, due to an ongoing series of injuries.
“The way Michael throws himself into his work means he’s never going to emerge unscathed,” Field said.
“While I haven’t had personal contact with him for a while I knew how much the club values him and there’s no doubt he’ll be an enormous asset wherever he goes.”
Spence’s father, Greg, said yesterday that the never-ending training schedule involving the Broncos and their Queensland Cup affiliate Redcliffe Dolphins had taken its toll with an ongoing run of hip injuries.
“He never does things by halves and would spend three hours training with the Broncos, jump in the car and then head to Redcliffe training,” Greg Spence revealed.
“It’s pretty full-on but the family and I are very proud of what he’s achieved in a short time.”
The young forward has already received offers for the 2011 season but has not made any firm decisions.
However, it’s known he has always had a burning ambition to return one day to the Comets.