Brayden Wiliame heads to NRL after leaving Catalans

Catalans centre Brayden Wiliame has left the club immediately and is expected to join NRL side St George Illawarra Dragons.

The 26-year-old has been with the Dragons since 2017, scoring 34 tries in 77 appearances for the club.

A Fiji international, Wiliame is expected to sign for NRL outfit St George Illawarra ahead of the 2020 campaign.

Catalans coach Steve McNamara said: “Whilst we are very disappointed Brayden will leave our club immediately, he does so with our full support.

“We completely understand his reasons for asking for a release and the opportunity which he has in front of him for both himself and his family.

“Brayden will be a big loss to our team, his commitment and development as a player at Catalans has been a pleasure to see and he will always be remembered as a player who gave his all in every game. We wish him and his family well for the future.

“Our search for a replacement will begin and we will look domestically in France, England and the southern hemisphere for the right player.”

Wiliame added: “I want to thank Bernard (Guasch, chairman) and the coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to come to the Dragons back in 2017.

“Its been an experience I’ll cherish forever. Thank you to the members and fans for the endless support over the past three years.

“And lastly to the players and their families, thank you for making making my family and I feel welcome from the start.”

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