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Wiliame heads for Catalans exit

12th December 2019, 11:49 by Tom McGarry

Catalans Dragons have reluctantly accepted centre Brayden Wiliame's request to be released early from his contract.

Fiji international Wiliame originally linked up with the Dragons ahead of the 2017 season and he was a regular throughout his time at the Stade Gilbert Brutus.

However, the 26-year-old has now had a request to leave the club accepted and he is reportedly set to return to the Southern Hemisphere and sign a deal with NRL outfit St George Illawarra ahead of the 2020 campaign.

Catalans' coach Steve McNamara has confirmed the club reluctantly agreed to the request and he has been quick to praise the commitment Wiliame showed throughout his time with the club.

"Whilst we are very disappointed Brayden will leave our club immediately, he does so with our full support," McNamara confirmed.

"Brayden will be a big loss to our team, his commitment and development as a player at Catalans has been a pleasure to see and he will always be remembered as a player who gave his all in every game. We wish him and his family well for the future."

McNamara went on to confirm that the Dragons have immediately begun their search for Wiliame's replacement, with the new Super League season set to get underway in less than two months' time.

"Our search for a replacement will begin and we will look domestically in France, England and the southern hemisphere for the right player," the former England coach added.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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