A Rabbitohs official has confirmed that former QLD centre Dane Nielsen was granted a release by the club last month.
Nielsen signed with Souths for 2016, but hasn't had a run in the first grade side this year.
He had previous stints at Melbourne, the Warriors and the Dragons, with two premierships under his belt from his time at the Storm. However, things started to decline and in 2015 he was sacked by the Dragons after an alleged incident in a nightclub.
He has returned home to Mackay.