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Christmas wishes: What Catalans Dragons should wish for going into 2022

With it being Christmas day, we thought we’d look at what every Super League club would wish for this Christmas – within reason of course. Now is the turn of last year’s league leaders and beaten Grand Finalists Catalans Dragons. So, what should the French side wish for this Christmas?

Last year proved patience is key for expansion sides. 15 years on from their Super League debut, Catalans secured top spot going from the very bottom of the league in 2006 to the very top cementing themselves as a major contender for the biggest trophies having finishing fourth in 2020 and won the Challenge Cup in 2018.

Despite their superb league form which saw them down the Champions twice including an 18-point comeback at the Magic Weekend as well as a thumping win over Wigan at home, the Dragons were unable to claim what would have been a deserved first Super League title when they were beaten 12-10 at Old Trafford as St Helens avenged their heart-breaking defeat at St James’ Park to claim a third consecutive title.

Since then, there’s been one or two major changes at Catalans, the biggest being the departure of James Maloney to the Elite One competition in France which some believed would end the Dragons’ brief flirtation with the top. However, following some superb recruitment since Maloney’s move away, Catalans could be said to have an even stronger squad going into 2022 with NRL and State of Origin winner Mitchell Pearce replacing former teammate Maloney at stand-off with two more NRL winners in the shape of Dylan Napa and Tyrone May adding further quality to the squad.

So, what do the Dragons need to wish for going into 2022? It’s quite simple really, a second chance. Like the likes of Castleford before them, Catalans were given their biggest and best opportunity at Super League glory and a chance to become the first new team in 17 years to claim the trophy but they fell to one of the three serial winners still dominating Super League in the shape of St Helens. So, the best thing they can wish for is a second chance, a re-run of 2021 but with a different ending building off the experience of last year and helped by the arrival of some top notch talent from the NRL.

If they are given this second chance, I see no reason why we want have the first non-British champions of Super League in 2022.

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