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Penrith Panthers have officially released outside back Taylan May from his contract with the reigning NRL champions with immediate effect, something that will put plenty of NRL sides and Super League teams on notice.

The three-time-consecutive NRL champions confirmed his release in the early hours this morning with a statement reading: “Taylan May is departing the Penrith Panthers effective immediately and is seeking other opportunities.

“With respect to all parties, the club will make no further comment on the matter.”

For the time being, what those “other opportunities” are remains unclear but the 22-year-old still has a raft of domestic violence offences to deal with in court, having pleaded not guilty to stalking and three counts of domestic violence earlier this year.

May will be familiar to Super League fans for his brother, Tyrone, who plays for Hull KR and for his involvement in the World Club Challenge against Wigan in which he was denied a last-second try to win the game for the Panthers.

He established himself as one of the NRL’s most exciting talents in 2023 and that led to him penning a contract extension until 2026, worth $1.2 million across the upcoming two seasons.

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Could Taylan May head to Super League?

Obviously, there is an ongoing court matter that must be addressed before any decisions on the future of Taylan May’s rugby league career are made, however, facts remain he is an exceptional talent.

So exceptional that Penrith were prepared to pay him an equivalent of just over £300,000 per year on a two-year deal to retain his talents, something that has reportedly been foregone with a settlement between the club and player agreed to per The Daily Telegraph.

The Telegraph claimed that a confidential settlement had been reached after the two parties engaged in a legal dispute over the $1.2 million deal that was signed back in March.

With May paid off and set to face court in March 2025 for the four offences he has been charged with, it could be a long time before he is seen on a rugby league field again.

However, there is a chance that it could be Super League where he returns with several tarnished NRL players having made the move to England to try and rebuild their reputation and get out of the spotlight. He has previously discussed Super League as an opportunity as well.

For that reason, several Super League officials will be keeping an eye on that trial in March next year because sadly talent regularly outweighs morals when it comes to professional sports.

One such player who left the NRL and Australia after legal troubles of their own was Taylan’s brother Tyrone, who arrived in Catalans for the 2022 season after Penrith stood him down following social media posts he made relating to previous offences for which he’s avoided jail and been handed 300 hours of community service.

It has been reported this morning that Taylan May is actually in England and training with Hull KR’s youth team, something that has been reported by John Davidson and Rugby League HubPer those reports, the club have denied any interest in signing May and bringing him to Super League.

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