Toulouse confirm four more departures, including Tony Gigot

Toulouse star Tony Gigot
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Toulouse have confirmed Tony Gigot, Romain Navarrete, Matty Russell and Corey Norman are leaving the club.

Following their relegation from Super League, the latest quartet takes the number of departures up to double figures.

Former Lance Todd Trophy winner Gigot, 31, linked up with Toulouse this season after a somewhat nomadic few seasons following his departure from Catalans.

A short stint with Toronto Wolfpack was followed by spells at Wakefield and Avignon in the French Elite Championship.

He made 19 appearances this season, the last of which was against Wigan in mid-August, and kicked more 40/20s than anybody else in Super League with seven.

Half-back Norman linked up with Toulouse in April after coming out of retirement.

The Australian helped inspire the French club to a key win over Wakefield, but he ended the season under a cloud, having been banned for eight matches for a Grade F incident.

France prop Navarrete joined Toulouse last season from London Broncos and went on to make 27 appearances.

His former clubs include Wigan, where he made 60 appearances, Catalans, Wakefield and Limoux.

Rounding off the departures is unfortunate winger Matty Russell, who tasted relegation for the second successive season after joining from Leigh last winter.

The Scotland international is an experienced Super League campaigner following spells with Wigan, Hull and Warrington.

Toulouse have already previously confirmed the departures of Andrew Dixon, Joseph Paulo and Maxime Puech.

Mitch Garbutt is heading to French Elite side St Gaudens, while Justin Sangare has signed a deal with Leeds.

Ex-Wales international hooker Lloyd White is likely to retire.

A club statement said: “The whole club would like to thank all the departing players for their contribution and wishes them a good continuation.”

Toulouse have confirmed that they are planning to foot the bill to play in the Championship next season.

It is estimated that it will cost around half a million pounds for them to pay for their own travel, and that of their opponents, in the second tier.

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