The Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League has thanked departing Kumuls coach Mal Meninga for his work over the past two years.
Meninga was appointed coach of the Australian national team earlier this month, despite still being employed by PNG at the time.
The termination of his contract with the PNGRFL was finally confirmed last week.
PNG Rugby League chair Sandis Tsaka says the value, profile and integrity Mal Meninga brought to the game in PNG with his involvement with rugby league has been highly appreciated and they wish him the best of luck.
He says the national body is working on a comprehensive plan and program to develop and prepare a strong PNG team for the 2017 World Cup and will begin the process of recruiting a suitable coaching replacement at their next board meeting in January.