Catalans release Carney and Taylor, Raiders interested


Catalans Dragons have released former State of Origin duo Todd Carney and Dave Taylor from their contracts "by mutual agreement".

Carney, a former Australia international, had two years remaining on his deal in Perpignan and departs amid links with a switch to NRL side St George Illawarra Dragons.

Former Queensland Origin forward Taylor has already been offered a "short-term agreement" with Canberra Raiders, which could see him represent the side next season if he achieves a number of goals.

Canberra coach Ricky Stuart said in a statement: "If David achieves his goals and is then offered a small playing fee for 2017 he has made better choices for himself, his family and his football. It has shown he has bought in and committed to turning himself around.

"The Raiders have the resources in turning David into a regular NRL player, but it's up to David to show if he wants it bad enough."

Catalans also formalised the release of Morgan Escare, who has already agreed a move to Super League champions Wigan Warriors.