Catalans Dragons re-sign winger throwing up big Tom Johnstone question

Catalans Dragons have made another key retention to their squad heading into the 2023 Super League season.

French international winger Fouad Yaha has put pen to paper on a contract extension that will secure his future at the Gilbert Brutus Stadium until the end of the 2024 season.

Yaha, who came through the club Academy, joined the Dragons in 2015 to play for the under-19s and made his Super League debut the season after, being named rookie of the year in 2016.

He joined rugby union club Agen in the Top14 at the end of the 2018 season but returned to the Dragons at the start of the 2019 season.

Yaha is now the club’s all-time leading try scorer, having scored 89 tries in 138 appearances for the Dragons so far during his career.

Yaha revealed just how happy he is to sign on the dotted line, saying: “I’m very happy to stay at the Dragons. I feel really good here and I enjoy every day with this team.

“We have a strong squad and I’m proud to be part of it. It’s an honor to be the new club best try scorer and I’m looking forward to help the club to achieve success.”

Steve McNamara, the Catalans Dragons head coach also spoke of how happy he has been to get the deal over the line: “Fouad is a hugely popular member of the team and we are happy he has agreed a new deal.

“He has a drive and ambition to continually look to improve his game and we look forward to working with him to enable that to happen.”

It remains to be seen whether this would affect the potential signing of Wakefield Trinity’s Tom Johnstone with both Yaha and Tom Davies performing expertly in recent seasons.

Johnstone is an incredible player and finisher, but who would the Wakefield man displace on the wing if he is the next signing through the door at the Stade Gilbert Brutus.

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