St George Illawarra Dragons grant releases to Tyrone McCarthy, Mose Masoe and Kalifa Faifai Loa

Kalifa Faifai Loa. Picture: Chris Lane
Kalifa Faifai Loa. Picture: Chris Lane

St George Illawarra have granted releases to forwards Tyrone McCarthy and Mose Masoe as the pair look to take up opportunities in England.

The Dragons have also given winger Kalifa Faifai Loa permission to speak to other clubs.

McCarthy played two NRL games during his two seasons at the Dragons and captained the Illawarra side to Intrust Super Premiership and NRL State Championship success last season. The 29-year-old was also a member of the club's leadership group.

Masoe will also take up an opportunity overseas if he receives the necessary clearance and registration to make the move to the United Kingdom.

While a season-ending ACL injury ruined Masoe's first season at the club last year, the 28-year-old Samoan international has featured prominently for Illawarra in 2017.

“Tyrone's been a very good club player for us and he was offered a contract to head back to the UK. We agreed that it was in his best interests to take up the longer-term deal,” Dragons director of rugby league pathways Ian Millward said.

“So that means Tyrone will leave us and he'll go back to the Super League for the remainder of the year and beyond.

“Mose needs to get a visa but there's also a certain amount of games he must play and different criteria's related to playing football in England.

“Mose's injury last year meant he hasn't been in a position to accumulate the games required meaning if he doesn't leave now then he won't be able to qualify to play in the UK in 2018.

“He came and asked for an immediate release on compassionate grounds due to the offer in England, which would present him the opportunity to secure a contract for his family long-term.”

Faifai Loa has requested a release from the remainder of his contract and has also been given permission to negotiate a move overseas.

But the 26-year-old is yet to sign a contract with another club and will remain at the Dragons until he signs elsewhere.

“Kalifa's situation is very similar to Mose. He hasn't quite played the amount of games to play in the UK in 2018. However he's played an adequate enough games to secure a contract and a visa for the remainder of the season in the UK,” Millward said.

“He's come to us seeking a release but at the moment he hasn't agreed to a deal with anyone. He has a couple of clubs interested and we've given him permission to go and negotiate with other clubs.

“If he finds another club then he will leave in the coming weeks.”

The departures follow the early releases of Chris Lewis and Shaun Nona last month.


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