Sea Eagles release Meehan to pursue boxing career

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Manly Sea Eagles have released forward Willis Meehan to enable him to pursue his boxing career.

The 21-year-old was signed last year after being sacked by Sydney Roosters, but has been excused from his two-year agreement.

Meehan's management reached the agreement with Sea Eagles head coach Trent Barrett and director of football Bob Fulton following talks in recent weeks.

"It was decided it was in the best interest of all concerned that Willis made a commitment to one sport," Manly's NRL football operations manager Gareth Holmes said.

"With the time needed in an NRL full-time squad, Willis chose to go in a different direction and we wish him well in his endeavours."

Meehan has won five professional fights, four by knockout.