CQ Capras half Russell Aitken has been released from his contract.
CQ Capras half Russell Aitken has been released from his contract. Guy Williams

Capras terminate Aitken’s contract

RUSSELL Aitken's future in Central Queensland is untenable with Capras bosses releasing him from his contract yesterday morning.

Aitken will return to Sydney for personal reasons after making just four appearances in Capras colours.

Capras coach Jason Hetherington said the star-half, who shot to prominence in 2008 when he was named in the Melbourne Storm grand final team, had his contract terminated by mutual consent.

"It closes the door and gives an opportunity to one of our young, talented local footballers," Hetherington said.

"We have a real handy replacement in Mark Johnstone.

"He played well for us in 15 or 17 games last year."

Johnstone will return to the squad after a lengthy stint on the sidelines with a shoulder injury.



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