Influx of NRL players depart Gold Coast Titans and St George Illawarra Dragons

Drew Darbyshire

(From left to right) Ash Taylor, Corey Norman, Tyrone Peachey and Gerard Beale have left their respective clubs

A total of 16 players have departed Gold Coast Titans and St George Illawarra Dragons in the NRL.

The Titans, who are coached by former St Helens boss Justin Holbrook, have confirmed that star duo Ash Taylor and Tyrone Peachey will leave the club upon the expiry of their contracts along with Mitch Rein, Jonus Pearson, Jai Whitbread and Sam Stone.

Whitbread and Stone already left the club a couple of weeks ago to link up with Super League side Leigh for the rest of the season.

Gold Coast Titans departures:

Ash Taylor, Tyrone Peachey, Mitch Rein, Jonus Pearson, Jai Whitbread (currently at Leigh), Sam Stone (currently at Leigh).

Taylor, Peachey, Rein and Pearson are all seeking new clubs for 2022.

Meanwhile, the Dragons have announced that Cameron McInnes, Matt Dufty, Corey Norman, Jordan Pereira, Adam Clune, Kaide Ellis, Brayden Wiliame, Gerard Beale, Billy Brittain and Hayden Lomax will all depart.

McInnes, who captained the Dragons in 2020, has penned a four-year deal with Cronulla Sharks while star full-back Dufty will join Canterbury Bulldogs for the 2022 season.

Pereira, who is eligible to play for England through his mother, has signed a two-year contract with Brisbane Broncos whilst Clune will link up with Newcastle Knights on a two-year deal.

It has already been confirmed that Ellis will join Super League side Wigan on a three-year deal from next season. Former Catalans centre Brayden Wiliame has agreed to return to Perpignan – but this time to play rugby union for USA Perpignan.

Norman, Beale, Brittain and Lomax are on the lookout for a new club for 2022.

St George Illawarra Dragons departures:

Cameron McInnes (Cronulla), Matt Dufty (Canterbury), Jordan Pereira (Brisbane), Adam Clune (Newcastle), Kaide Ellis (Wigan), Brayden Wiliame (USA Perpignan), Corey Norman, Gerard Beale, Billy Brittain, Hayden Lomax.

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