Wednesday, August 10, 2022

NRL News | Dean Whare ousted from Penrith Panthers, heads for Catalan Dragons

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Former Kiwi test center veteran Dean Whare has been ousted from Penrith and is set to join French Super League club the Catalans.

Whare, 31, was signed with the Panthers for next season and even had an option for 2022.

But with the emergence of chic young centers Stephen Crichton and Brent Naden in the Panthers’ memorable run to last season’s grand finale, there’s no room for Whare, a 150-plus-game veteran in the game. the NRL with Manly and Penrith.

He was allowed to negotiate with rival clubs and entered into a two-year deal with the French club.

The Catalans appear likely to lose controversial center Israel Folau, who has not contacted the club since returning for Christmas, but Whare will not have to replace the international double.

“We still have a few import berths open and if Folau does not return we will look for a suitable replacement,” a Catalan source told WWOS.

“Whare is actually replacing (the former Titan) David Mead, who has decided to return to Australia.”

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