Dylan Napa released from his contract at Catalans Dragons by ‘mutual consent’

Catalans Dragons have announced Dylan Napa has left the club after just one year with the French Super League outfit.

“Catalans Dragons can confirm that Dylan Napa has been released from his contract, for the forthcoming 2023 season, by mutual consent,” a brief two-sentence statement noted.

“Everyone at the club would like to thank him for his contribution and wish him all the best for the future.”

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The news of Napa’s departure comes as no surprise with French newspaper L’Independant first reporting of him being told he was no longer wanted in October. 

He made the move to the Dragons after failing to live up to expectations at Canterbury, following a switch from the Roosters where he played over 100 games and featured in their 2018 premiership win from off the interchange bench. 

Former Sydney teammate Cooper Cronk noted how the forward’s big move to the Bulldogs never worked out, as the quality structure he had around him at the Bondi club simply didn’t exist at Belmore. 

“When you associate yourself with good clubs, good resources- you can actually get taken to a level that you never thought was possible,” Cronk said, when reflecting on Napa’s premature exit from the NRL.

“He did that at the Roosters and improved his game, played Origin and then went to the Dogs where he probably didn’t have all those things the Roosters did.

“Once you start taking shortcuts it can be a slippery slope.”

The 30-year-old joined Catalans on a two-year deal but got off to the worst possible start when he was dismissed for a high shot on St Helens’ centre Mark Percival during his debut.

He went on to make 20 appearances for the club, but his stay in France ultimately proved to be a short one with the Cook Islands international following the likes of Sam Kasiano, Josh Drinkwater and Dean Whare out of the door.

Catalans coach Steve McNamara, who worked with Napa while an assistant at the Roosters, had previously praised the forward upon his move to the south of France. 

“Having worked closely with Dylan at the Roosters, I know first-hand the impact he can have in this competition,” McNamara said.

“I spoke many times with him throughout the negotiations and his will, desire and enthusiasm to get back to his best form was overwhelming.

“He is at a great age for a front-rower, a grand final winner who will be a great addition to our club.”

However, Napa’s time at the club proved unsuccessful with the Dragons now looking to reshape their roster after going down in their elimination playoff match against Leeds. 

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