Canterbury centre Tim Lafai has reportedly been released by the NRL club as the Bulldogs clear the way for the expected signing of Parramatta’s Will Hopoate.
Fairfax Media reported on Saturday that Lafai and his management reached an agreement with the Bulldogs late on Friday after the Samoan international requested a release from the final two years of his contract.
“Tim’s enjoyed his time at the Bulldogs and we’re appreciative of the club culture and everything they have done for him,” said his manager, David Rawlings.
“Des Hasler has done a lot in developing him as a footballer and a young man and we thank him for that. We’re looking forward to the next stage of his career and we believe the best is yet to come.
“Tim will enjoy a fresh start to 2016 and the opportunity to get his first full pre-season after struggling with injuries in recent years.”
Several clubs have expressed interest in the 24-year-old, including Gold Coast, Penrith, St George Illawarra and the Warriors.
Hopoate is locked in a legal dispute with Parramatta which is delaying his formal signing with Canterbury for the 2016 season.