Dylan Napa move to Catalans confirmed

Dylan Napa

Catalans have followed up the signing of Mitchell Pearce with the capture of his former Sydney Roosters team-mate Dylan Napa.

Napa, 29, was a free agent after failing to receive a new contract offer from Canterbury Bulldogs.

He has signed a two-year deal with an option for a third year in the south of France.

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Both men were coached by Catalans boss Steve McNamara during his time with the Roosters.

McNamara said: “Having worked closely with Dylan at the Roosters, I know first-hand the impact he can have in this competition.

“I spoke many times with him throughout the negotiations; and his will, desire and enthusiasm to get back to his best form was overwhelming.

“He is at a great age for a front-rower, a Grand Final winner who will be a great addition to our club.”

Dylan Napa excited by move

Napa made 124 appearances for the Roosters, winning the Premiership title in 2013 and 2018.

The Cook Islands international joined the Bulldogs in 2019, making 54 appearances.

He has represented Queensland on seven occasions, winning the series in 2017 and played at the 2013 World Cup.

Napa said: “I’m very excited for the opportunity to be a part of the Catalans organisation.

“To see the progress the club has made in the past years is an environment I want to grow as a player but just as importantly as a person.

“I have a great relationship with Steve McNamara from my time at the Roosters. I can’t wait to get over to France, put in the work and earn respect from my team-mates and coaching staff.”

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