Confirmation of ex-Origin gun's staggering fall

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Dylan Napa's nonaccomplishment to onshore a caller woody with the Canterbury Bulldogs, starring him to prolonging his vocation successful the Super League, is the latest confirmation of the front-rower's astounding fall.

Grand last runners-up Catalans Dragons person announced the signing of Napa connected a two-year woody from 2022, reuniting the 29-year-old with erstwhile Sydney Roosters teammate Mitchell Pearce.

The woody was struck aft Napa failed to gully involvement from NRL clubs.

The forced determination to the Super League marks an bonzer plummet from the heights helium had reached betwixt 2017 and 2019, successful which helium made 7 State of Origin appearances with Queensland and won an NRL premiership with the Roosters.

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Napa averaged 50 minutes and 121 metres per lucifer with the Roosters successful 2015, earlier expanding his output to 56 minutes and 123 metres successful 2016.

Dylan Napa has signed with Super League nine the Catalans Dragons. (Getty)

The level helium provided arsenic a prop, combined with his streak of aggression, earned him a Maroons jumper for the opening crippled of the 2017 series.

And portion his numbers successful Roosters colours dropped successful 2017 and 2018 – helium recorded 47 minutes and 98 metres per crippled successful 2017, earlier registering 41 minutes and 78 metres per lucifer successful 2018 – helium continued to correspond Queensland.

In each but 1 of his Origin appearances – the past came successful the 2nd crippled of the 2019 bid – helium started successful the beforehand row, partnering the likes of Jarrod Wallace and Josh Papali'i.

Napa joined the Bulldogs aft playing disconnected the seat successful the Roosters' 2018 expansive last triumph implicit the Storm, which helium celebrated by spending the full nighttime successful his playing kit – boots and each – arsenic helium sunk beers.

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Dylan Napa was a subordinate of the Sydney Roosters squad that won the 2018 NRL title. (AAP)

The red-headed firebrand was lured to the Bulldogs arsenic a replacement for David Klemmer, who had near for the Knights.

As was evident successful the words of past Bulldogs manager Dean Pay, Canterbury saw Napa arsenic a fitting replacement for Klemmer, a Test and State of Origin front-rower.

"Signing idiosyncratic of Dylan's toughness and quality is simply a large coup for the club," Pay said.

"We truly consciousness that we person got a high-calibre footballer who volition beryllium a large summation to some our battalion and our playing radical arsenic a whole."

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But 3 years later, albeit nether the reign of caller manager Trent Barrett, Napa is nary longer wanted by the Bulldogs – and his deteriorating statistic archer the story.

Napa averaged conscionable 35 minutes and 93 metres per lucifer successful 2021 arsenic the Bulldogs collected the woody spoon.

Dylan Napa volition reunite with erstwhile Sydney Roosters teammate Mitchell Pearce astatine Super League nine the Catalans Dragons. (Getty)

Napa is the 3rd erstwhile Canterbury guardant to person signed with Catalans during their 21-year history, on with Willie Mason and Sam Kasiano.

Napa's determination to the Dragons volition spot him recombine with erstwhile Roosters adjunct Steve McNamara, who's present the Catalans' caput coach.

Despite Napa's elephantine autumn successful caller years, McNamara is assured helium volition instrumentality to his champion astatine the French club.

"Having worked intimately with Dylan astatine the Roosters, I cognize archetypal manus the interaction helium tin person successful this competition," McNamara said.

"I spoke galore times with him passim the negotiations, and his will, tendency and enthusiasm to get backmost to his champion signifier was overwhelming.

"He is astatine a large property for a front-rower, a expansive last victor who volition beryllium a large summation to our club."

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