ALBERT TORRENS has now officially left the Giants.
The 30-year-old centre flew back to his native Australia at the weekend having been unable to secure a new deal for Super League XII.
The powerful three- quarter started his Giants career in blistering form with five tries in seven games, but a serious knee injury in the win at Cas on March 26 brought his season to an abrupt end.
He is recovering well following reconstruction surgery and should be fit for the start of the season, but he knew the signing of Wests Tigers' New Zealand Test centre Jamaal Lolesi was the writing on the wall.
"I would have loved to have stayed," said Torrens, who had only a one-year deal.
"But because of the injury, I knew the club were looking for possible replacements and they've found them - and they're good!
"I certainly don't hold anything against the Giants over their decision. At the end of the day, it's a business.
"The club have looked after me tremendously well through my rehab, and I can't thank them enough for that.
"And I think that's one of the main reasons it's tough to leave, because the club is so good. That's also true of the fans. They've been brilliant and, again, I would just like to say thank you.
"Obviously, the injury ruined my time here on the playing front, but I'm still glad I came. It's been a fantastic experience."