11th January 2018, 16:37 | catalans

Season Preview: Catalans Dragons

Season Preview: Catalans Dragons

After enduring probably the worst season in their 12-year Super League existence, Catalans need to improve in 2018.

Coach Steve McNamara saved the French side’s Super League status via the Million Pound Game and has spent the close-season re-shaping the squad he inherited from Laurent Frayssinous.

Fullback Lewis Tierney, who impressed whilst on loan from Wigan Warriors for the second half of last season and scored two crucial tries in the do-or-die clash with Leigh, has committed for 2018.

Exciting back David Mead joins from Brisbane Broncos whilst Michael Mcilorum recently transferred from Wigan – they are the two other big captures during the close-season.

Despite questions over his destination for 2018, Catalans have been able to retain the services of skilful halfback Luke Walsh, who will be key for them this season.

Lucas Albert – Catalans Dragons

Already with 24 appearances to his name, Lucas Albert has been involved in the first team setup at Catalans Dragons since 2015, when he was just 17.

Albert impressed towards the end of last season and with the departures of fellow halves Thomas Bosc and Richie Myler to retirement and Leeds Rhinos respectively, Albert should have plenty more opportunities for game time in 2018.

 

Transfers In

Lewis Tierney (Wigan Warriors)
Antoni Maria (Catalans Dragons)
Samisoni Langi (Leigh Centurions)
Benjamin Jullien (Warrington Wolves)
David Mead (Brisbane Broncos)
Michael Mcilorum (Wigan Warriors)

Transfers Out

Richie Myler (Leeds Rhinos)
Thomas Bosc (Retired)
Justin Horo (Wakefield Trinity)
Jordan Dezaria (Leigh Centurions)
Luke Burgess (Salford Red Devils)
Krisnan Inu (Widnes Vikings)
Thibault Franck (Hull KR) 

 

First Six Fixtures

Widnes Vikings (Away)
St Helens (Home)
Hull KR (Away) - Sky Sports
Wakefield Trinity (Home)
Leeds Rhinos (Away)
Hull KR (Home)