Catalans Dragons are looking for a replacement for Dylan Napa.
The prop, like halfback Josh Drinkwater who has since joined the Warrington Wolves, was told he could leave the club but unable to find a suitor was released by mutual consent.
The Dragons have been looking for a way to replace him having already lost Gil Dudson and Sam Kasiano to Warrington next year.
They could make a move for Marty Taupau who has been left in limbo by the NRL’s on going salary cap problems which has stirred up interest in the former Leeds Rhinos linked prop amongst Super League clubs.
They could also move for former Rhinos Ava Seumanufagai who was released from the Canterbury Bulldogs and rumoured at one stage to be returning to Super League.
However, they initially moved for Ben Murdoch-Masila, formerly of Salford Red Devils and Warrington Wolves, who was released from his contract at New Zealand Warriors today.
That said, he is now expected to join St George Illawarra Dragons next year instead.
But how did the French media, who, in the case of L’Independant, revealed that Catalans were negotiating with Murdoch-Masila, react to this break down of the deal.
Well, Treize Mondial summed it up as the loss of the “missing link” in Steve McNamara’s plans as they suggested that the French side will move onto new targets:
“He was supposed to be the last missing link in Steve McNamara’s pack but he eventually chose to join the Dragons but in the NRL. A multi-season contract awaits him at St George Illawarra. The Catalans Dragons will be looking for another prop.”