Salford have released Manu Vatuvei with five months remaining on his Super League contract.
The former Kiwis winger, who turned 32 in March, joined the Red Devils in July and played in the last eight matches of their 2017 campaign but severely damaged his Achilles tendon in a freak training accident a week before the opening match of the 2018 season.
He was contracted to the end of the year but has now agreed to an early release.
Salford's director of rugby Ian Blease says with Vatuvei ruled out of the rest of the season they feel it's best for both parties if he returns home.
"Unfortunately, the injury Manu sustained in pre-season meant that he would be out for the full season," said Blease.
"We had hoped Manu would have played a significant part in our 2018 campaign however we now feel that it is best for both parties for Manu to return home."