Super League transfer collapses after weeks of controversy

There has been a lot of speculation about the future of Siousiua Taukeiaho recently with the Super League star’s future shrouded in mystery.

The prop joined Catalans Dragons at the end of the 2022 season after years of speculation about the move which was made due to Steve McNamara’s connections at Sydney Roosters as well as the fact former Catalans Dragons boss Trent Robinson is in charge at the Roosters.

But after an injury hit campaign, the Tongan international and former international skipper requested his release due to family reasons and was subsequently given his release.

This is despite reports in Australia that Catalans had not yet released him ahead of his reported move to Canterbury Bulldogs.

Another problem was the Bulldogs’ lack of available spots in the top 30 of the squad. Despite this, Reed Mahoney seemingly confirmed his signing at the Bulldogs in an interview with News Corp.

“I’ve liked the look of all of them,” Mahoney said in one part, “Our biggest one is Stephen Crichton, who is alongside the biggest recruits of the Bulldogs in a long time.

“I know he’ll come in and buy-in straight away. He’s obviously got a strong relationship with Ciro (Ciraldo).

“But you add Josh Curran, (Siosiua) Taukeiaho, (Blake) Taaffe, (Jaemon) Salmon, they all come from great clubs that have been successful, but are all good people and that is what we are about here at the Dogs.”

However, the twists kept coming with Channel Nine reporting that the transfer has fully collapsed due to a failed medical.

What this means for his future remains unclear at this point. Could he remain in Super League? It does seem that Catalans were interested in keeping the prop for next year and made it clear that if he were to leave they wanted something in return.