19th March 2020, 18:28 | championship
Featherstone Rovers pair Conor Carey and Alec Susino will travel back to their home country of Australia to be with their families during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
An announcement on Featherstone Rovers' website read:
"During these unique and trying times, the Club absolutely supports their wishes to be with their families as there is no Rugby League to be played at this current moment in time.
"The pair will continue to train whilst at home, keeping them fit and healthy to return to Rovers when the Betfred Championship season does get back underway."
Both Carey and Susino spoke about their needs to travel back to Australia to be with their loved ones during a time of uncertainty across the globe.
Carey said: "It's unexpected, obviously we were looking forward to keep on playing and then everything changed very quickly. At this stage it's best to get home to our families. I'm looking forward to everything passing quickly and getting back here to play some more for the Club this year."
Susino added: "I would love to still be playing, but that's just not the case at the moment. For me, family comes first and I want to make sure that I can be with them. Hopefully the season gets back underway sooner rather than later, then we can get back over here and crack on with the season when it starts again."
Rovers CEO Davide Longo also added his thoughts to the decision, offering his full support to both players and offered some comments about the Club moving forward.
Longo said: "We 100% understand the lads desires to travel back home and be with their families in the current circumstances. Their loved ones are a long way from Featherstone and I can only imagine what that must be like, especially when there isn’t any sport on at the moment. They both travel with our best wishes and we’re looking forward to seeing their faces back here soon."
"Obviously, there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Club and sport at the moment, we will continue to communicate with our supporters on any updates or decisions moving forwards.”