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‘Homesick’ Super League forward set to be released

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Over the years, Super League sides have brought in some stunning talent from the NRL. Overseas signings such as Jamie Lyon, Kylie Leuluai and Bevan French have all come to Super League with big reputations and left an indelible mark on the competition.

However, for all of the roaring success stories, there are also high-profile names who have failed to live up to expectations. Signing high-profile talent comes at a risk. With salary demands often higher than domestic talent, and a precious quota spot used, there is pressure for clubs to get these decisions right.

Unfortunately, for one Super League club, it appears they are about to add another name to the list of players who have flattered to deceive.

One of their overseas signings is set to leave the club, he become homesick, having suffered a torrid run of injuries which have limited him to a handful of appearances for the club.

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‘Homesick’ Super League prop set to depart

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According to the Mole, in Channel Nine World of Sport, Catalans Dragons prop, Sio Siua Taukeiaho, could be on the verge of an exit from the club. Taukeiaho joined the Dragons in 2023, however, injury has severely restricted his impact with Les Dracs, and he has been limited to seven Super League appearances for the club. The report states:

“Luke Keary’s surprise move to French Super League club Catalans may unleash one of rugby league’s most feared hitmen back onto the NRL.

“Former Roosters hard man and Tongan skipper Sio Siua Taukeiaho has been with Catalans since the start of last season but is homesick and wants out.

“Catalans has told the 32-year-old they won’t release him from his two-year deal until they come up with a big name signing to replace him – and his former teammate Keary could be the answer to Taukeiaho’s prayers.”

Taukeiaho is yet to appear for the Catalans this season. He was linked with a return to the NRL in the close season before a serious foot injury derailed the move.

As the report suggests, the move could be facilitated by Keary’s decision to take up an offer from the French side. There has been some confusion as to whether Keary would take up a deal with the Dragons. He now looks set to move to France to end his career in Red and Gold.

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