Catalans confirm Mead departure

Catalans Dragons have confirmed that David Mead has left the club after not being offered a new deal for 2021.

The 32-year-old arrived in Perpignan in 2018 after several years in the NRL and went on to score 28 tries in 57 games for the Dragons.

He is the second high-profile departure from the club in recent days, after the club also announced that long-serving club captain Remi Casty won’t be with them next year.

“I would like to say thank you to Bernard (Guasch), the Catalans Dragons staff, sponsors, fans and most of all my team mates,” said Mead. “The three years here have been full of experiences I will carry with me for a lifetime.

“There have been many ups and downs but I leave the club with gratitude to be a part of the team that lifted the first trophy the club has ever won. Those memories will be cherished forever.

“More importantly I have met a lot of people who have become great friends. I will miss you and wish you all the best in the future.”

Catalans head coach Steve McNamara added: “David has been a great overseas signing for the Dragons and he will go down in history as one of the seventeen players that helped lift the clubs first ever trophy.

“His performances in both the semi-final and final will were phenomenal. His quiet and unassuming manner off the field are the polar opposite to his aggressive, high energy and fast style on the field which made him a favourite on the field.

“His contribution off the field and his embracing of the local people and culture will be remembered here for years to come and leaves the Dragons in a far healthier position than when he arrived.”