Oldfield hails Dragons fans

Catalan Dragons threequarter Michael Oldfield is pleased to have given the club’s passionate fans something to really cheer about this season.

The Catalan fans have been waiting for the team on their return from the play-off wins over Huddersfield and Leeds, welcoming them with songs and chants.

“The Dragons fans are unbelievable,” said Oldfield.

“They met us at midnight and in the early hours of Saturday morning to sing for us at the airport after the Leeds and Huddersfield games.

“It makes it all worthwhile seeing how proud they are of us and what we have achieved so far.”

The Dragons did not enjoy the best start to the 2014 season, but have finished the campaign strongly, and now confidence is high ahead of their semi-final clash with St Helens on Thursday night.

“I know we didn’t have the best start but I knew we would make the top eight and perform in the play-offs,” said Oldfield.

“We have timed this to perfection. Nobody had us down to beat Leeds and to then go on and defeat Huddersfield is awesome. Confidence is so high at the moment amongst the boys.

“Our home win against St Helens really give us a boost and kick started our performances leading into the play-offs. Everything went our way that day so let’s hope that happens again.

“We seem to have shaken off the away form hoodoo and we’re now ready to visit Langtree Park on Thursday and do the same.”

Oldfield, who has enjoyed spells at Manly Sea Eagles and Sydney Roosters in the NRL, is also settling well into life in French Catalonia.

“Coming here was massive. Changing country and lifestyle was a challenge,” said the 23-year-old.

“It was hard at first coming here and having to leave nephews and nieces behind missing their development. But it’s given me chance to play week in week out and prove myself.

“Family and friends have been to visit. The club and team-mates have been a great help too in supporting this move.

“Summer is amazing in Perpignan and when I’m not playing I like to visit the beaches and the restaurants on the coast. The Costa Brava region in Spain is my favourite place I have visited whilst I’ve been here.”

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