And three. The club announced this Tuesday afternoon, June 12, the arrival next season of Hull FC second-line Manu Ma’u (33) for two seasons. This is the third official rookie, after those of Taukeiaho and Johnstone.
The Catalan Dragons do not waste time in this World Cup year where clubs close their squads for 2023 as soon as possible.
After Siosiua Taumeiaho (two years plus an optional third) and Wakefield winger Tom Johnstone (two years), second-tier Hull FC player Manu Ma’u has signed a two-year deal with the Catalans. You will also find Taukeiaho with whom he played in the 2017 World Cup in Tonga, including the semi-final lost to England.
Manu Ma’u, who arrived on the North Sea coast in 2020 after six NRL seasons with the Parramatta Eels (115 games) was left without a contract this season. Steve McNamara quickly activated the Manu Ma’u track as we revealed in our Saturday July 2nd edition. Author of eleven matches in 2022 with Hull FC, Manu Ma’u has not played since June 24. The player is healing a hamstring injury.
The Auckland native stated at the time of formalizing his departure from Hull and therefore his arrival in France: “It’s an honor for me to have the opportunity to join the Dragons. Talking to Steve McNamara and former club players, I knew it was the right decision for my family and for me. I’m very happy to ‘join a great club like the Dragons and I will do my best to earn the respect of Steve, the staff, the players and the fans.’ said the next 34-year-old second row, who is waiting “Waiting for this new chapter”. Now stating his departure, Manu Ma’u concludes by stating that: “My main goal is to finish Hull FC in style”.
Waiting for Ricky Leutele
At the origin of his next visit to Perpignan, Steve McNamara talks about a player than him “appreciate” and that he “Respected for many years”. The “Mac” wanted to praise its debutant: “His performances have been incredible this year. It will bring real defensive and offensive qualities. He’s a great guy, humble, honest and a real team player. “.
The Catalan Dragons, then, have surprised everyone in the transfer market by attracting a second line, knowing that Mike McMeeken and Matt Whitley, the two holders of the position, have extended their contract. The signing of Manu Ma’u puts the McMeeken option back on the table. The other two second staff lines, Benjamin Jullien and Corentin Le Cam – both at the end of their contracts – still don’t know if they will be Dragons in 2023. Jullien is still pending a new contract proposal.
Recall that eight players have already extended their contract with the Dragons: Sam Tomkins, Mike McMeeken, Jordan Dezaria, Matthieu Laguerre, Fouad Yaha, Matt Whitley, Tyrone May and Paul Séguier. If Alrix Da Costa and César Rougé have also reached an agreement without formalization by the club, Samisoni Langi is still waiting for a proposal from the club, while negotiations continue for Arthur Romano.
Finally, on July 2, we reported on the evolution of the track that led to the Samoan three-quarter center from Huddersfield Ricky Leutele (32 years old). Leutele would therefore be the club’s fourth signing. Meanwhile, the Dragons have an end of course to negotiate well (nine games) and a second place to look for.