Catalans Dragons confirm departures of nine players

Drew Darbyshire
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Dean Whare and Samisoni Langi are among nine players who will depart Catalans Dragons when their contracts expire in November.

It has already been confirmed front-rowers Sam Kasiano and Gil Dudson will join Warrington from next season on two-year deals.

Former New Zealand and Samoa international Kasiano made 83 appearances for the Dragons, whilst Dudson played 39 games.

Joe Chan will link up with NRL side Melbourne Storm on a two-year contract from 2023. The 20-year-old forward has made 29 appearances for Catalans.

France international forward Benjamin Jullien will play part-time in the French Elite One Championship next season after deciding to join the Fire Service. He helped the Dragons win the Challenge Cup in 2018. He scored 16 tries in 87 appearances.

Former Tonga international Samisoni Langi will leave the Dragons after making more than 100 appearances for the Perpignan club. He was also part of their Challenge Cup-winning squad in 2018. He is likely to play for France at the upcoming World Cup after qualifying on residency rules.

Former New Zealand international centre Dean Whare will leave the club, having been linked with a move to Wigan.

Finally, Catalans will bid farewell to three academy products – Corentin Le Cam, Mathieu Cozza and Romain Franco.

Le Cam is Super League’s tallest player, standing at 6ft 8in, will depart having made 11 first team appearances. Cozza played 10 games for the Dragons whilst Franco played seven.

Who is coming in at Catalans Dragons?

England and Wakefield winger Tom Johnstone will join Steve McNamara’s side on a two-year deal from next season.

Tonga’s goal-kicking prop Siosiua Taukeiaho will also join on a two-year deal from Sydney Roosters, with the option of a third.

And Hull forward Manu Ma’u has penned a two-year deal with the French outfit from next year.

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