Molo makes move north af­ter re­lease

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRAVIS MEYN PETER BADEL

CON­TRO­VER­SIAL Bris­bane for­ward Fran­cis Molo will head north to re­launch his NRL ca­reer af­ter be­ing re­leased by the Bron­cos yes­ter­day.

Molo, 22, has signed with In­trust Su­per Cup club Townsville Black­hawks in the hope of securing a deal with the North Queens­land Cow­boys and adding to his tally of six NRL games.

In June 2015, Molo was in­volved in the tackle which re­sulted in the death of Sun­shine Coast Fal­cons for­ward James Ack­er­man. The in­quest into Ack­er­man’s death be­gins next week.

Molo has not fea­tured in the NRL since and was un­able to crack first grade this sea­son de­spite show­ing strong form in the tri­als.

The Bron­cos have sup­ported Molo since the Ack­er­man tragedy but he has made the move to Townsville to try to forge a long- term first grade ca­reer.

“We have given him a re­lease,” Bron­cos coach Wayne Bennett said.

“We were not in a po­si­tion to of­fer him a con­tract for 2018 and wanted to give him the chance to get one with the Cow­boys.”

Molo was re­leased by the Bron­cos on the dead­line for mid- sea­son trans­fers and will be el­i­gi­ble to play for the Black­hawks against for­mer club Norths on Sun­day.

Black­hawks re­cruit Fran­cis Molo.

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