St George Illawarra Dragons release international forward, previous links with Super League move

Josh McAllister
Zane Musgrove, NRL, Super League

Zane Musgrove in action against Canberra Raiders in NRL Round 7. Photo by AAP Image/Lukas Coch.

St George Illawarra Dragons have granted Zane Musgrove an early release from his contract to take up another playing opportunity. 

The 27-year-old prop forward made the move from Wests Tigers ahead of the 2023 campaign on an initial two-year contract, but will depart with 12 months remaining as Shane Flanagan continues his squad shake up ahead of his first season in charge.

Musgrove featured just 11 times for the Red V outfit, with nine of those from the interchange bench.

The one-time Samoa international made his first grade debut back in 2016 with South Sydney Rabbitohs, making 27 appearances across two seasons before joining Wests Tigers.

2022 marked his most productive season to date with 24 games before making the move to St George Illawarra Dragons.

The club said in a statement: “The Dragons can confirm Zane Musgrove has been granted a release from the final year of his playing contract to take up another opportunity.

“All the best with the next chapter Zane!”

Zane Musgrove previous links to Super League & what next

Musgrove was previously linked with a move to Super League with Warrington Wolves earlier this season following the departure of Josh McGuire, leaving then-boss Daryl Powell short on middles.

However, the club denied reports linking the two parties together via Examiner Live, instead opting to bring Thomas Mikaele back to the club for the remainder of the campaign.

Lachlan Fitzgibbon will make the move from Newcastle Knights at the end of the season, with England and NRL legend Sam Burgess set to take charge with his first head coaching role at the Halliwell Jones Stadium from 2024 on a two-year deal.

The Wolves currently have two overseas quota spots available for next season, with outside-back Peter Mata’utia remaining off-contract.

Huddersfield and Hull KR have reached their capacity for overseas players, with room available for every other club in the Super League competition.

In the NRL, Phil Gould continues to rebuild Canterbury Bulldogs following their disappointing campaign with a handful of more new signings expected. Penrith Panthers star Stephen Crichton and South Sydney Rabbitohs back-up full-back Blake Taaffe have already been confirmed for 2024. 

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