Brayden Wiliame has left the Catalans Dragons with immediate effect and will return to Australia to join an NRL club.

The club Wiliame is set to join has not yet been revealed, although he has recently been linked with a switch to St George Illawarra Dragons.

The Fiji international joined the Dragons in 2017 following spells in the NRL with Parramatta Eels and Manley Sea Eagles.

The 26-year-old has scored 30 tries in 72 appearances for the club and also scored at Wembley in their 2018 Challenge Cup Final win.

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He told the club website: “First of all, I want to thank Bernard and the coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to come to the Dragons back in 2017. It’s been an experience I’ll cherish forever.

“Thank you to the members and fans for the endless support the past three years. And lastly to the players and families, thank you for making my family and I feel welcome from the start!

“I wish you all nothing but the best. Allez les Dracs!”

Head coach Steve McNamara admitted he was upset that the centre has decided to leave the club, but he understands his reasons.

He added: “Whilst we are very disappointed that Brayden will leave our club immediately, he does so with our full support. We completely understand his reasons for asking for the release and the opportunity which he has in front of him for both himself and his family.

“Brayden will be a big loss to our team, his commitment and development as a player at Catalans has been a pleasure to see and he will always be remembered as a player who gave his all in every game.

“We wish him and his family well for the future. Our search for a replacement will begin and we will look domestically in France, England and the Southern Hemisphere for the right player.”