Hull KR clarify Taylan May links as former Penrith Panthers ace arrives in the UK

Hull KR have moved to clarify reports regarding Taylan May, the former Penrith Panthers centre, after it was claimed that he is currently training with the club. May, the brother of Rovers' halfback Tyrone, is currently in the UK after parting ways with the NRL club after he was charged with domestic violence offences.

May's departure from the Panthers was announced on Friday, having been out of action due to the NRL's, no-fault, stand-down policy. The 22-year-old has pleaded not guilty to stalking and three counts of domestic violence. His court hearing is due to take place in March 2025.

He is currently in the UK to be with his brother and has been at Craven Park during his stay. However, the club has insisted to Rugby League Live that May has not had any involvement in any training activity with the club since his arrival in the UK and while he has been welcomed around the club, it has not been in an official capacity.

It remains to be seen how long May intends to remain in the UK, though it's thought he could stay for a period of time. It's unclear if he intends to attend any games while he is in the country, but one way or another, it's been insisted to Rugby League Live that the purpose of May's presence around the club is to be with his brother.

It is his second visit to the UK this year, having played for Penrith against Wigan Warriors in the World Club Challenge in February. A Samoa international, May has scored 17 tries in 30 appearances for the Panthers in the NRL

Given he's a free agent, it remains to be seen whether clubs would consider making a move for him at this time. He would need to receive both visa approval and that of the RFL board, who would have a final say on whether they would register his contract should a club put in a request. For the avoidance of doubt, Hull KR are not pursuing a deal.

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