Remi Casty joins Toulouse

Former France and Catalans captain Remi Casty will be plying his trade in the Championship in 2021 after signing for Toulouse.

The 35-year-old, who led the Dragons to their historic Challenge Cup triumph at Wembley in 2018, was not offered a new contract by the Catalans as coach Steve McNamara sought to reduce the average age of his squad.

Casty, who was born in Narbonne and joined the Catalans in their inaugural season in Super League in 2006, has opted to remain in France by joining the ambitious Olympique XIII, who are among the favourites to win promotion in 2021.

Toulouse president Bernard Sarrazain said: “Remi’s arrival is an essential asset in view of the team’s objective.

“He is a competitor and a leader, he knows what his role will be within the group and we expect a lot from him.”

Casty won 24 caps for France and played in two World Cups and also had a brief spell in the NRL with Sydney Roosters in 2014 before returning for a second stint at the Catalans.

“I’m just happy to have signed for Toulouse Olympique and excited about our mission,” he said.

“No French club has managed to get into the Super League (via promotion) and participating in that would be fantastic for the club but also for rugby league in general.”

Casty will join Toulouse on February 1, linking up his former Catalans team-mate Eloi Pelissier and new signings Mitch Garbutt (Hull KR), Junior Paulo and Dom Peyroux (both St Helens).

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