Michael McIlorum makes decision on future with Catalans Dragons

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Michael McIlorum in action for Catalans Dragons. Photo by PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo.

Michael McIlorum in action for Catalans Dragons. Photo by PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo.

Michael McIlorum is expected to sign a new one-year extension with Catalans Dragons to play in his 18th Super League season, according to L’Independant.

The veteran hooker is set to feature in his seventh season for the French side, according to the reports.

McIlorum, who has also represented Ireland on the international stage, was called back into the England set up by head coach Shaun Wane ahead of last year’s delayed World Cup on home soil following his form with the Dragons.

He has made 111 appearances for the Perpignan-based side to date, including the 2018 Challenge Cup victory over Warrington Wolves at Wembley and the club’s first appearance in a Grand Final, falling short to St Helens in 2021.

The 35-year-old was also a part of the Catalans Dragons side that claimed their first ever Super League League Leaders’ Shield in the same year as their appearance at Old Trafford.

Catalans boosted by Michael McIlorum decision

It’s a boost for Steve McNamara’s squad, who will lose a handful of star players at the completion of the 2022 campaign.

Wigan Warriors recently confirmed the signing of utility Adam Keighran on a two-year deal from 2024, while forward Mickael Goudemand will link up with Rohan Smith’s Leeds Rhinos next season.

Back-rower Matt Whitley is expected to return to England and join St Helens, ending his five-year spell in France following his move from Widnes.

Sam Tomkins will hang up the boots at the end of the season, while Tyrone May has been linked with a return to the NRL.

Youngster Tiaki Chan will join Keighran at the DW Stadium next year, although Catalans did re-sign French international star Arthur Mourgue, currently sidelined through injury, to a new two-year contract earlier this year.

L’Independant has also reported that experienced half-back Mitchell Pearce is weighing up his options, having yet confirmed his future in either Super League or NRL.

The Australian star half-back has been linked with a return to Sydney Roosters for 2024, having previously shut down rumours of a mid-season switch to struggling side Wests Tigers.

However he could yet remain in France, according to the reports, with an option for a third year.

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