Former New Zealand international Elijah Taylor has been released by Penrith to join NRL rivals Wests Tigers for the rest of the season.

Taylor has spent the best part of 2016 languishing in reserve grade after being dropped in round three by Panthers coach Anthony Griffin.

On Monday afternoon, Penrith released a statement saying they had let Taylor go after two-and-a-half years at the club and the Wests Tigers subsequently announced they had signed the 26-year-old backrower.