Catalans Dragons’ Tyrone May reveals the difference between the NRL and Super League

Tyrone May signed a one-year deal for Catalans Dragons ahead of the 2022 Super League season following his sacking by the Penrith Panthers.

May was given 300 hours of community service for his role in a sex-tape scandal and was then let go by Grand Final winners Penrith after speaking defiantly on social media about the case.

The 25-year-old made his NRL debut with the Panthers in 2017 and scored five tries in nine NRL games in his first professional season.

A 2021 NRL winner, he made 56 appearances in 4 seasons at Penrith, scoring 10 tries.

A versatile player, who can play halfback, centre or back rower, May has represented Samoa on one occasion in 2018.

He doesn’t, however, mind which position head coach Steve McNamara plays him in.

“I don’t mind where I play, I just like being on the field and playing footy,” May told the Catalans Dragons’ website.

“It’s easy to learn different positions and I think it’s an asset to play in various roles.”

For the time being, however, May is just content to get his head down and escape the intense media attention of the NRL.

“A few of my mates have come over and transitioned into playing Super League and they love it.

“It’s not media-driven, it’s relaxed and I can play footy instead of worrying about what other people are saying.”

Among the tasks of the Dragons in 2022: go one better and win the Grand Final after coming so close in 2021.

“It will be a challenge but this team was in the Grand Final last year and we lost and St Helens have been dominating the last couple of years.

“I guess it’s similar to back home when the same teams circle around the top and I think Catalans can cement their place at the top for a while and create something really good.”

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