Catalans release Johnson to Cowboys

Catalans have agreed to release loose forward Dallas Johnson, enabling him to complete a move to North Queensland Cowboys.

Johnson, 27, moved to France from Melbourne Storm for the 2010 season on a three-year deal, but will leave just a third of the way through that to move back Down Under.

He said: I’m excited to be returning to the NRL after playing a season overseas.

“It was a big decision to leave, but the opportunity to play for the Cowboys and to establish our home base from Townsville was too good.”

The Queensland born star played 25 times for Catalans in 2010, and is returning Down Under following the birth of his daughter just a fortnight ago.

Dragons chairman Bernard Guasch said: “Dallas has been always very loyal with the club during a very difficult season. He has impressed everyone at the club with his work on and off the field but I understand his position and the fact he is still young enough to go back home with his family and still play at the highest level. I wish him all the best for his future.”

Johnson played more than 150 games in the NRL for the Storm and earned representative honours with Australia and Queensland State of Origin.

Cowboys Executive Director Peter Parr said: “He’s a player whose outstanding record speaks for itself.

“Not only will we benefit from his tireless work rate, but his leadership on and off the field will also be a great addition to our team.”

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