DARYL Powell has not ruled out the prospect of Josh Charnley playing for Warrington Wolves again this season.

However, he appeared to confirm the wheels were in motion for him to leave the club before the end of his contract.

The winger is on his way out of the club after Powell confirmed last month that he had not been offered an extension to his current contract, which expires in November.

He has not featured since the 40-22 loss to former club Wigan at the end of April, with Connor Wrench preferred on the right wing.

When Peter Mata’utia’s suspension forced Wrench back inside to his natural centre position against Wakefield Trinity last time out, however, Powell still did not call on Charnley and opted to bring Josh Thewlis onto the wing.

As such, talk has increased that the club are open to allowing the England international to leave early.

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Josh Charnley has scored eight tries this season. Picture by Joe Richardson

“There’s a process going on at the moment,” Powell said.

“I don’t know how far along it is at the moment or how quickly it’s going to happen.”

When asked whether Charnley could still feature this season, the head coach said: “He may still play a part but I’ve been pretty open with Josh in that, for the moment, I want to try and develop these young players to see if they’re good enough to be developed.

“The likes of Josh Thewlis, Connor Wrench, Matty Ashton – they’re fantastic and particularly for Connor, I want to grow his confidence to face what we’re going to be up against next year.

“I want him to be really challenging our centres because he’s capable of doing it.

“The big thing for him is confidence and the only way he’s going to get that is if I put him in the team. He’s shown that he can handle it and thrive within that environment.”

One player who has left The Wire earlier than expected is loose forward Billy Magoulias.

After just eight appearances for the club, it was confirmed on Tuesday that the former Cronulla Sharks man had been granted an immediate release from his contract in order to return to Australia.

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Billy Magoulias. Picture by Mike Boden

“From Billy’s perspective, his partner’s expecting a baby and she’d gone home,” Powell said.

“We had also decided that we weren’t going to keep him on for next year, so it all came to a head around that really.

“That was the main thinking from Billy’s perspective – his partner was at home and I don’t think he thought there was a future in this country if we weren’t going to retain him so he decided pretty quickly that he wanted to return home.

“We’ve signed Kyle (Amor) and Thomas (Mikaele) and James Harrison is back fit, so it all came together pretty quickly.”