Dylan Napa released by Catalans Dragons by mutual consent

Drew Darbyshire
Dylan Napa Cook Islands PA

Dylan Napa in action for the Cook Islands at the 2021 World Cup

Catalans Dragons have released Cook Islands international prop Dylan Napa from the remainder of his contract by mutual consent.

The 30-year-old joined the Super League club on a two-year deal ahead of last season. However, he has left the French side a year before his contract was due to expire.

Napa is now a free agent, with his next destination yet to be confirmed.

A short statement read: “Everyone at the club would like to thank him for his contribution and wish him all the best for the future.”

Napa made 20 appearances for the Dragons in his only season with the club.

The 6ft 4in front-rower was born in Brisbane to a Cook Islander father and an Australian mother. He has represented the Cook Islands in two World Cups (2013 and 2021), winning four caps.

Napa made more than 150 appearances in the NRL for Sydney Roosters and Canterbury Bulldogs prior to his move to France. He played for Queensland seven times in the State of Origin arena.

Dylan Napa the latest departure at Catalans

There has been a large overhaul at the Dragons over the off-season. Warrington have signed trio Sam Kasiano, Gil Dudson and Josh Drinkwater.

Samisoni Langi, who represented France at the World Cup, went to Wakefield upon the expiry of his contract.

Former New Zealand centre Dean Whare and France international Benjamin Jullien will both ply their trade in the French Elite 1 Championship for Pia next season.

Young forward Joe Chan has linked up with NRL side Melbourne Storm. Mathieu Cozza will be a Featherstone player in 2023, whilst Corentin Le Cam and Romain Franco were both released.

Meanwhile, coach Steve McNamara has brought four new signings to Perpignan who have all played on the international stage – Siosiua Taukeiaho, Manu Ma’u (both Tonga), Tom Johnstone (England) and Romain Navarrete (France).

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