Toulouse hand long-term deal to France international

Mathieu Jussaume in action for Toulouse

France international Mathieu Jussaume has committed his long-term future to Super League newcomers Toulouse.

The centre has penned a new three-year deal with the French club, keeping him at the Stade Ernest Wallon until at least the end of 2024.

Jussaume scored 14 tries in 15 appearances in 2021 as he helped Toulouse clinch promotion to the top flight.

He said: “I am very happy to stay at Toulouse to share this first season with my friends. I am delighted that the club gives me this confidence.”

Toulouse president Bernard Sarrazain said: “It is always important to keep our players from our training centre. Seeing Mathieu extend shows his attachment to the club.

“In view of his extraordinary season, like the team, I am happy that our best marker stays with us.”

Toulouse hand Super League deal to former Catalans half-back

Lucas Albert

Toulouse have handed a two-year deal to former Catalans Dragons half-back Lucas Albert following their promotion to Super League.

Albert, 23, made 50 appearances for the Dragons between 2016 and 2020 before moving to Carcassonne.

He linked up with Toulouse back in April, but due to injury was sidelined until the final Championship game of the season against Newcastle.

He said: “I am very happy to resign with Toulouse, there is a great project. The hardest part is yet to come.”

Albert left Catalans at the end of 2020 citing his frustration at a lack of opportunity.

Toulouse have recently handed new deals to Lloyd White, Guy Armitage and Harrison Hansen.

Their only new signing since the Championship Grand Final defeat of Featherstone so far is hooker James Cunningham.

Toulouse chief Bernard Sarrazain added: “Experience does not always rhyme with age, Lucas Albert is the perfect example.

“His youth combined with his experience in the Super League, acquired with the Dragons, is clearly an asset for the squad. We are very happy that he stay with us.”

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