Michael McIlorum set for coaching spell after finishing career in France

Michael McIlorum

Catalans hooker Michael McIlorum has his sights set on retiring in France with the potential of moving into coaching.

The 34-year-old was recently included in Shaun Wane’s England squad to take on the Combined Nations All Stars this weekend.

Off-contact at the end of the season with the Dragons, the former Wigan man says he has plans to play out his career in France admitting that no amount of money would tempt him back to England.

He made the switch to the South of France ahead of the 2018 season, and has made 62 Super League appearances for Catalans. 

During England’s training session ahead of Saturday’s clash, the ex-Ireland international revealed his plans to remain in France, with the potential of moving into coaching.

Michael McIlorum on plans to retire in France

“I’ll finish in France, 100 per cent,” McIlorum said.

“There’s no amount of money that would make me come back over here now. I’m settled there. I want to retire out there and hopefully spend the rest of my life out there in France. 

“I’ve spoke to Steve McNamara and Bernard Guasch, they’re keen for me to play on and potentially do some coaching too so I’m just waiting for a solid offer. 

“I want to stay at the club and hopefully that can get sorted in the near future. 

“It’s a great way of life. I love it just as much when I moved there and it doesn’t get boring. 

“I love the lifestyle, I love the culture and hopefully it continues. I’m not too sure what Catalans have in mind regarding the coaching. But it’ll be good to get a taste for it and if I do hopefully I can continue on that path.”

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