Walsh stays with Catalans

Catalans half-back Luke Walsh has signed a new one-year deal.

Walsh, 30, joined the Dragons from St Helens ahead of the 2017 season and was out of contract at the end of the year.

However, having already lost half-back Richie Myler to Leeds, Catalans have persuaded the Australian to stay for a fifth straight year in Super League.

He said: “I’m very pleased to be given the opportunity to stay with a club that is on the verge of doing something special. Steve has let me play my game and be a leader on and off the field.

“I love it here in Perpignan, it’s a great culture, they are great people and it’s a great opportunity for me and my family to learn and benefit from it.”

Walsh scored 204 points in 29 appearances in his debut year with the French club, where they narrowly avoided relegation by beating Leigh in the Million Pound Game.

He previously played in the NRL for Newcastle and Penrith.

Coach Steve McNamara said: “Luke is a hugely influential member of our club and his re-signing is very important for us moving forward into 2018.

“We will be looking to add to him even greater responsibility and control within the team as we look to develop and build our game.”

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