Super League runners-up Catalans Dragons have made their third major signing from the NRL by snapping up 2021 grand final winner Tyrone May.
The 25-year-old former Penrith Panthers utility player and Samoa international has signed a one-year deal with the French club.
May was up for grabs after being sacked by the Panthers following a social media post just a month on from helping them beat South Sydney in the Grand Final.
He had also been hit with a $7,500 fine by the NRL's integrity unit who ruled that his social media post did not "align with the values of the game".
The Catalans have a track record of giving NRL players second chances and coach Steve McNamara was delighted with his latest recruit.
"Tyrone will add great quality, depth and competition for places within our team," McNamara said.
"He arrives as a current grand final winner and his versatility and ability to play many positions to a high standard will be a huge asset for us."
May, who can play centre, halfback and back row and was on the bench in the grand final, said: "First of all, I'm very grateful for this opportunity.
"I can't thank the coach, Steve McNamara, (football manager) Alex Chan and the president Bernard Guasch enough for allowing me to come to such a great club with an amazing fanbase.
"I'm eager to meet my new teammates and gain their respect by working hard to go one better this year."
May follows the Dragons' capture of Newcastle Knights' halfback Mitchell Pearce and Canterbury Bulldogs' prop Dylan Napa.
The Perpignan-based club are also linked with a move for Tonga Test forward Siosiua Taukeiaho, who remains contracted to Sydney Roosters for 2022 but is thought to be keen on a move.
Australian Associated Press