Catalans confirm Henderson exit

Catalans Dragons have revealed that Ian Henderson will be leaving the club at the end of the 2015 season.

The 32-year-old Scotland international is set to join the Sydney Roosters in the NRL.

“I am sad to say that after five years here I will be heading home at the end of the season,” said the player.

“It was definitely a tough decision to make and one that didn’t come easy. At the end of the day the timing is right for me and my family to return home and I look forward to the opportunity to play in NRL again.

“I’d like to thank the club, the coaching staff, the players and everybody involved at Catalans during my time here. It is a fantastic club and they have really looked after me since I arrived.

“I am very appreciative and thankful for the opportunity to come and play at such a passionate and successful club and I hope I have done the club and supporters proud.

“I would also like to make special mention to the fans of Catalans, I have met many good friends here of which I will keep for life and they were very welcoming from day one inviting me into their homes, I am very thankful for that.

“Playing in front of them at Brutus is a very special thing and a memory I will always cherish.

“Obviously I am and I have always been 100 per cent committed to the Dragons and that will not change for the rest of the season. We have some big games coming up and I intend to do the job I am here for.”

Dragons coach Laurent Frayssinous admitted that he was very disappointed to see the player leaving the club.

“Even if we respect his decision to return home, I am very disappointed to lose a such quality player,” he said.

“He always gave his best on the field and never let his team-mates and the club down.

History will remember that it is only the second foreign player to have made over 100 Super League appearances in the Catalans jersey, confirming his importance during the last five seasons.

“We wish the best for the future to Ian, his wife Jessica and his sons Harper and Billy.”

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