David Mead to return to Australia after leaving Catalans

Catalans have confirmed that outside back David Mead will return to Australia after not being offered a new deal.

The 32-year-old scored 28 tries in 57 appearances since arriving at the Dragons in 2018 from NRL side Brisbane Broncos. He has earned 14 caps for Papua New Guinea.

Mead said: “I would like to say thank you to Bernard (Guasch), the Catalans Dragons staff, sponsors, fans and most of all my team-mates.

“The three years here have been full of experiences I will carry with me for a lifetime. There have been many ups and downs but I leave the club with gratitude to be a part of the team that lifted the first trophy the club has ever won. Those memories will be cherished forever.

“More importantly, I have met a lot of people who have become great friends. I will miss you and wish you all the best in the future.”

Catalans coach Steve McNamara said: “David has been a great overseas signing for the Dragons and he will go down in history as one of the 17 players that helped lift the club’s first ever trophy.

“His performances in both the semi-final and final were phenomenal. His quiet and unassuming manner off the field are the polar opposite to his aggressive, high energy and fast style on the field which made him a favourite on the field.

“His contribution off the field and his embracing of the local people and culture will be remembered here for years to come and leaves the Dragons in a far healthier position than when he arrived.”

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