New Block contestants Elle Ferguson and Joel Patfull left the show just three days after filming Season 18

Influencer Elle Ferguson and partner, former AFL player Joel Patfull, have quit Block a few days after filming began in the 2022 season.

The pair are one of five new teams competing in the Tree Change edition of the show, which is taking place at Victoria’s Macedon Ranges.

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Elle posted a cryptic message on her Instagram story hinting at their departure for family reasons.

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Joel is a former AFL player and Elle is a popular influencer on Instagram. (Instagram)

“Wherever you are in the world. Whatever you do. Family always comes first,” wrote the text in the post.

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The couple had to leave for family reasons. (Instagram)

The message was posted alongside a picture of Joel sitting on a pile of luggage at the airport.

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Joel and Elle hinted at the sad news on social media. (Instagram)

A spokesperson for Nine has confirmed Elle and Joel have left the show and that a new team will be cast to replace them.

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“During the weekend, we were surprised that one of our new contestants team left Block a few days to shoot for the upcoming season,” they said in a statement.

“We wish them all the best for the future and we are excited to select two new Australians for the opportunity of a lifetime at Block. Block Tree Change will air as scheduled later this year.”

The Block 2022: Tree Change first look with Scott Cam
Scott Cam picks up tools for the first time on The Block. (Nine)

Block Tree Change is a departure from previous seasons of the show which typically involved contestants renovating properties in Melbourne’s suburbs.

This season the team will each convert a house on 10 acres of land in Gisborne, and for the first time host Scott Cam will build a house as well.

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The Block 2022: Tree Change first look with Scott Cam
Blok moves to the country for the 2022 season. (Nine)

Scotty was already on location working on the show, as were Foremen Keith and Dan and judges Shaynna Blaze, Neale Whitaker and Darren Palmer.

The other four teams playing a role for Season 18 have yet to be officially announced.

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