The St George Illawarra Dragons have today granted utility Adam Quinlan an early release from his playing contract, allowing the 22-year old to take up an opportunity in principle with the Parramatta Eels.

Quinlan, who primarily plays fullback, but can also slot into the halves, made his debut for the club in round 9 of the 2013 season, but has been stuck behind the likes of Josh Dugan and Gerard Beale and has played 25 games for the club.

The Eels lost star fullback Jarryd Hayne at the end of the 2014 season when he moved to America to try and break into the National Football League, and the club had Will Hopoate and new recruit Reece Robinson as fullback options.

“Adam has received in principle an opportunity to join the Parramatta Eels for at least the remainder of the season,” Head Coach Paul McGregor told the Dragons’ website.

“We wish him the very best for his future and thank him for all his contributions to our Club.”

Quinlans’ place in the Dragons 2015 Auckland Nines squad has been taken by veteran hooker Heath L’Estrange.