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Catalans Dragons award new deal to centre after terrific comeback from awful injury layoff

There’s been a lot of change at Catalans since their play-off exit at the hands of Leeds Rhinos.

They have confirmed that a further six players will join Warrington bound duo Sam Kasiano and Gil Dudson as well as NRL headed Joe Chan through the exit door including young Frenchmen Romain Franco, Mathieu Cozza and Corentin Le Cam who told Serious About Rugby League that he is yet to receive any Super League offers for 2023 and is open to a move to the Championship in search of game time.

Meanwhile, centre Dean Whare is also leaving the club and is expected to join Wigan. Speaking of centres, one centre who will not be leaving is Arthur Romano who has today signed a one-year extension with the club.

He made his debut for the club back in 2017 and has played 33 times since and was an important squad player this year too.

What made his form in 2022 even more impressive was the fact he missed the whole of last year with an ACL injury after being named Rookie of the Year in 2019.

He scored three tries in 12 games in 2022 making an inspiring comeback after a difficult time on the sidelines watching his teammates enjoy Catalans’ best Super League season in 2021 as they finished top and played in the Grand Final for the first time.

On signing his new deal, Romano said: “I am very happy to extend my contract with the Dragons. I thank the staff and the club for trusting me. I will continue to work hard and give everything to reach the club’s objective next season.”

Whilst coach Steve McNamara added: “Arthur is a hard-working young man who is continually improving and epitomizes the person and player we want at the Dragons.”

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