Josh Drinkwater : Auckland 9's Rugby League Tournament, Eden Park Auckland. Saturday February 6th, 2016. Digital Image shot on Canon EOS1DX by Robb Cox © NRL Photos

Wests Tigers can confirm that Josh Drinkwater has been granted an immediate release from his contract with the Club.

Drinkwater, who was contracted with Wests Tigers for the remainder of this season, will take up an opportunity in England with Leigh Centurions in the Kingstone Press Championship.

The 23-year-old halfback played one NRL game for the Club in Round 17 last year against Parramatta at ANZ Stadium.