The Penrith Panthers have announced that Jamal Idris will not be at the club in 2016, with the centre requesting a release from the final year of his contract to contemplate his future.
Idris said he made the decision after an extended period of consideration.
"I love the game of rugby league but just at the moment I need to take some time away," he said.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Panthers but I did not want to continue playing if I couldn’t guarantee giving them 100 per cent.
"I thank them for their understanding at this time."
Panthers executive general manager Phil Gould said Idris had been wonderful for the club.
"He was an extremely popular player with our members and his work off the field with the community and junior league programs has been nothing short of outstanding," Mr Gould said.
"Injury and personal issues restricted his playing time last season and I totally understand the reasons behind his request for this release.
"In top form, Jamal is a State of Origin quality player. I hope that he can find a way to rekindle his motivation for the game and return at some stage in the future."