“He is an extremely important part of our club” – France international pens new deal with Catalans

Josh McAllister
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Catalans prop forward Julian Bousquet has signed a new one-year contract extension with the Super League club with an option of a further season. 

The new deal secures his future until the end of the 2025 campaign.

Bousquet, 31, began his professional career with Lezignan before being signed by the Dragons in 2012. He has since gone on to make 232 appearances for the club, scoring 26 tries.

“I am very happy to extend my time here and to stay at the Dragons,” he said.

“I would like to thank the chairman Bernard Guasch, the staff and the directors for their trust.”

Head coach Steve McNamara labelled the forward an ‘important part’ of the club upon his extension.

Bousquet made his international debut with France from the bench in the 46-10 victory over Scotland in the 2011 Autumn International Series. 

He was ruled out of the delayed 2021 World Cup with a season-ending knee injury sustained in July.

The prop has since returned to action this season, appearing in every game so far for the Dragons.

Catalans boss on Julian Bousquet retention

“Julian is an extremely important part of of our club and the decision to extend his contract was a very simple on for me,” said head coach McNamara.

“He has bounced back from a tough 2022 season due to injuries by starting the season in fantastic form.

“He has developed into a real leader for us and he has a huge influence on the playing group.”

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