French Elite star Morgan Escare in come-and-get-me plea

Josh McAllister
Morgan Escare, SWPix

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Full-back Morgan Escare says he is open to all offers for a return to Super League with the French Elite competition closing in on the play-offs.

The France international left Salford last November with a year remaining on his contract to return to his homeland with French Elite 1 side Carcassonne.

His side lead the way at the top of the French Elite table, with one regular round left in the competition.

The Canaries will secure top spot in the table with anything bar a defeat by more than 12 points against bottom club Villeneuve, who have won just three games all season.

The campaign’s play-offs involving the top six clubs culminates with the Championship final on May 27/28, leaving ex-Wigan full-back Escare a free agent to return to the Super League competition if offers arise.

Morgan Escare: I am open to all offers

“A return to the Super League would be very interesting if a club would be interested,” Escare told Love Rugby League.

“I am open to all offers after the French Elite season.”

Carcassonne, also featuring players such as ex-Toulouse forwards Clement Boyer and Bastien Canet, are eyeing up a double according to Escare, with no official League Leaders’ Shield type trophy awarded – although still a feat to be celebrated.

They are the reigning French champions and face Villeneuve in the final regular round, with the play-offs pushed back due to the mid-season international between England and France at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. 

Escare represented France at the delayed 2021 World Cup, but was a somewhat surprise exclusion from Laurent Frayssinous’ extended 30-man squad announced earlier this week.

Carcassonne, the current Lord Derby Cup holders, have also reached the final once again, set to be played at Stade Gilbert Brutus, the home of Catalans Dragons, against Albi. 

“The Elite level is getting interesting with a lot of ex-Super League players,” Escare added.

“Matches are getting interesting.

“We are in the final of the French Cup, and that match will take place on April 22.

“We are looking to do the double this year.”

Plenty of experience in French Elite competition

Escare will be one of a handful of players who will be looking for a potential move to Super League or Championship upon the end of the French Elite season.

Ex-Hull and Barrow centre Hakim Miloudi has already stated his interest in a return to England, while Dean Whare has been linked with a move back to Super League. The former Catalans and NRL centre is currently plying his trade at Pia.

James Segeyaro, Tony Gigot and Tim Simona are also currently featuring in the competition in France.

31-year-old Escare could add much needed cover to several clubs in 2023, with plenty of injuries already just nine rounds into the Super League campaign.

More locally, Championship French outfit Toulouse recently lost full-back Olly Ashall-Bott for the remainder of the season after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury against Widnes.

The 15-capped France international has made 154 Super League appearances, featuring for Catalans, Wigan, Wakefield and Salford.

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