Penrith parts ways with star amid court case

On Friday morning the club confirmed May, who has been sidelined under the NRL’s no-fault stand-down policy, was “departing” the club immediately.

It’s understood the club negotiated a confidential settlement after a Federal Court battle following a failed bid by the Panthers to sack him.

“Taylan May is departing the Panthers effective immediately and is seeking other opportunities,” the club said in a statement.

“With respect to all parties, the club will make no further comment on the matter.”

May, 22, is facing charges for domestic violence offences. He has pleaded not guilty to stalking and three counts of domestic violence following an alleged argument in Werrington home in April.

The matter is adjourned until March 2025.

He has also been issued with a series of breach notices by the Panthers for incidents including swearing on social media, a video post showing May as the passenger in a car driving 96km/h in a school zone and allegations he punched a woman in the face and leg.

The representative centre signed a lucrative two-year extension earlier this season but is now a free agent. However, he won’t be able to play for a new club even if he signs given the no-fault stand-down rules remain in place.

May would have to wait until his case is finished, which could be after the start of the next NRL season.