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Tough decision: Folau quits AFL
Tough decision: Folau quits AFL

Star recruit Israel Folau has announced he's quitting fledgling AFL club Greater Western Sydney, saying that he just didn't feel the passion.

The 23-year-old's not saying whether he's returning to rugby league, or taking up yet another footy code.

He was AFL's $4 million dollar man but he couldn't go the distance, leaving GWS after just two years into a four year contract.

"In the end the passion wasn't quite there and if I was staying I was cheating myself," Folau said.

While he was worth every cent to the AFL in its battle for Western Sydney with Rugby League, Izzy couldn't cut it at the top level. But he says he'll walk away with his head held high.

"For me, no regrets at all, that's probably the last thing I want to be thinking about," Folau said.

He won't rule out another switch to rugby union, but league is his first love and he's been a regular at Parramatta games to see little brother John playing with the Eels.

He says he isn’t in discussions with anyone at this stage, and he’s leaving that in the hands of his managers.

Parramatta officials say they hope to get him on a long-term deal, but Folau's not going to be rushed.