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Tatupu decides to depart Hawthorn

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 02: Shem-Kalvin Tatupu of the Hawks poses for a portrait during the Hawthorn Hawks official team photo day at the Ricoh Centre in Melbourne, Australia on February 02, 2016. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)
Category B Rookie Shem Tatupu has decided to depart the club.

HAWTHORN Football Club today released Shem Tatupu from his playing contract after the category B rookie advised the club that his passion lies away from AFL.
 
The 20-year-old New Zealander has been in ongoing discussions with the club about his future and although disappointed, Hawthorn GM – Football Operations Chris Fagan said the club understood and accepted Tatupu’s decision.
 
“This has been a tough decision for Shem to make. We have been really impressed with the way in which he has applied himself over the past two years and he has made some positive progress,” said Fagan.
 
“However, after much consultation with the club, Shem has decided that the passion for AFL football is no longer there.
 
“Shem was a highly regarded rugby league and union player growing up and he is going to explore his opportunities in that area.
 
“There is no doubt Shem is a talented athlete and all at Hawthorn Football Club wish him well for the future.”

 

 

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