Tongan star Helu leaves Bristol Rugby for personal reasons
BRISTOL have announced that Will Helu will not be returning to the club next season.
The Tongan winger will be taking time out of the professional game for personal reasons.
"It is with regret that I will not be returning to Bristol for the new season," said Helu, pictured. "Due to family reasons, I will remain in New Zealand and take time out from professional rugby.
"I had signed for next season and was really looking forward to pulling on a Bristol jersey and playing at the Memorial Stadium again.
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"I want to say thank you to the coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to be part of a great club.
"To the Bristol fans, thank you for the fantastic support. You are the best supporters I have had the pleasure of playing in front of."
Head coach Liam Middleton said: "On behalf of the club, my condolences go to Will and his family.
"We are sad that he won't be returning to be a part of our campaign next season after the impact he made at Bristol Rugby.
"As a family club, we respect Will's request to remain at home with his family and we wish him all the best."