St George Illawarra have announced the release of Shaun Sauni-Esau, effective immediately.
The Dragons confirmed on Tuesday that Sauni-Esau would depart the club despite being contracted with the Saints until the end of the 2022 season.
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Sauni-Esau was due to be promoted to the club's Top 30 squad for next season, but has now been released.
The 22-year-old has played nine games for the Dragons' reserves side in 2021, featuring on the wing, at centre and off the interchange, scoring three tries.
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Sauni-Esau has played a total of 24 games for the Dragons' NSW Cup side, scoring 11 tries and winning 12 games.