Off-contract France international pens new deal with Catalans

Drew Darbyshire
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France international Arthur Romano has signed a two-year contract extension with Catalans, keeping him at the club until the end of 2025.

The 25-year-old centre came through the club’s academy after arriving as a youngster from Carpentras in 2015.

Romano has scored nine tries in 43 appearances for the Dragons since making his first team debut in 2017.

His contract was set to expire at the end of the season, but his new deal will see remain at the Stade Gilbert Brutus until at least the end of the 2025 campaign.

He said: “I am very happy to extend my contract with the club.

“Staying here was an easy decision and I would like to thank the staff and the club for their support and their trust.

“I am proud to wear the Catalans Dragons’ jersey and I am looking forward to working hard with my teammates to achieve our goals.”

Steve McNamara says Arthur Romano ‘another important retainment’ for the Dragons

Romano was named the club’s Rookie of the Year in 2019 after a promising start to his professional career. He was ruled out for the entire 2021 season after rupturing his ACL in a game for the reserves before the season had started.

Since returning from the treatment room last season, he has scored six tries in 24 appearances. He also represented France in his first World Cup last autumn.

McNamara said: “Arthur is another important retainment for the dragons.

“His ethic and application are great examples for all and he is an important member of our playing group.”

Romano’s new deal comes just a week after the Dragons announced a two-year contract extension for livewire full-back Arthur Mourgue.

Mourgue’s new deal secures his future at the club until the end of the 2025 season, having been off-contract at the end of the current season.

Mourgue said: “I am very happy to continue my career at the Dragons.

“This club has great ambitions and we have a quality group. I thank all the fans for their support and I hope I will achieve great things here in the years to come.”

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