Catalans Dragons rising star signs first professional contract

Josh McAllister
Tiaki Chan Catalans Dragons SWpix

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Catalans Dragons have handed rising star Tiaki Chan his first professional contract with a one-year deal with the Super League outfit. 

Chan, 22, joined the club’s training squad last season. The forward made his first Super League appearance later in July against Leeds, going on to make a further two appearances in 2022.

He is the son of Alex Chan and brother of Joe, who signed with Melbourne Storm ahead of the 2023 NRL season on a two-year deal.

On his deal, Chan said: “I am very proud to get my first professional contract.

“I am ready to do everything to earn a spot in the squad and to have the opportunity to play in Super League. I am now looking forward to start the 2023 season.”

Head coach Steve McNamara said: “Tiaki has worked extremely hard to get this full time opportunity.

“His energy and all action style will again add strength to our playing group.”

Chan wore squad number 33 last season, with the club yet to confirm their numbers for 2023.

Catalans Dragons suffer triple injury blow

The Super League side recently confirmed three blows ahead of their 2023 campaign kicking-off.

England captain Sam Tomkins and international team-mate Mike McMeeken both underwent minor operations following their World Cup commitments.

The Dragons say the duo are both “recovering well” and that their recovery will determine their availability.

Meanwhile, France international winger Fouad Yaha dislocated his right shoulder during a training session earlier this week.

The 26-year-old became the club’s all-time leading try scorer last season. He has scored 100 tries in 149 games for the Perpignan.

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