Danny Cipriani has left the Melbourne Rebels by mutual consent.
The 24-year-old's contract at the Super Rugby franchise was due to expire in August - with Cipriani having already agreed to join Sale Sharks.
However, Cipriani has left just eight games into the current campaign, with the Rebels looking to build towards the 2013 campaign and the enigmatic fly-half aiming to reclaim his place in the England set-up.
"I want to thank the club for being so understanding with my wishes and granting me a release to return to England," said Cipriani.
"I've made no secret of my desire to play for England again and I believe leaving now will give me the best opportunity to do that.
"I've thoroughly enjoyed my time in Melbourne at the Rebels. I've made some lifelong friends, played in front of an incredible set of fans in an amazing stadium, and improved my game playing in one of the best provincial rugby competitions in the world.
"I feel I have developed my game in my time in Australia and become a more complete player. I wish the Rebels every success in the future and should the opportunity ever arise again I would not hesitate to return."
In all, Cipriani made 19 appearances for the Rebels, scoring 122 points - including two tries.
Cipriani is now free to take part in England's summer tour to South Africa if selected, while he will be able to team up with Sale in time for the start of pre-season.
Rebels head coach Damien Hill said: "When we signed Danny we were always aware of his ambitions to return to the English national team and we have always been supportive of helping him achieve his goals.
"Danny believes that leaving now will give him the best chance to prepare for the long season ahead with Sale."
While Cipriani produced some magical moments during his spell Down Under, he did face questions over his defence - while he blotted his copybook with off-field disciplinary issues during his first season.
Sale, though, have welcomed Cipriani's early release, with chief executive Steve Diamond saying: "This is great news for Sale Sharks. Danny will be able to enjoy a rest period, along with his future playing colleagues at the club."