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Exclusive: Departing Catalans Dragons starlet opens up about uncertain future

Today Catalans Dragons confirmed the departure of nine players ahead of 2022.

Three were common knowledge in the shape of Warrington bound duo Gil Dudson and Sam Kasiano as well as NRL headed Joe Chan.

Meanwhile, the likes of Samisoni Langi, Romain Franco, Benjamin Jullien and Corentin Le Cam had already confirmed their departures on social media leaving just Dean Whare and Mathieu Cozza to be confirmed today.

Whare is expected to join Wigan in 2023 alongside fellow new arrival Toby King in the centres. Other than him and the three men who have already been snapped up by other clubs for 2023, the future of the other five remains unclear.

Langi was set to join Wakefield last year before a last minute change of heart saw him stay in France. Could he make a belated move to Belle Vue?

The rebuilding Wakefield could do a lot worse than look at the other four players as well though Benjamin Jullien is widely thought to take on a career as a fireman whilst playing in France’s Elite One Championship where former Catalans star and NRL winner James Maloney plies his trade.

But what of the young French men like Corentin Le Cam. Le Cam is perhaps the most interesting as his sheer size made him a talking point as soon as he debuted as one of the tallest players in Super League history.

With that physique comes natural potential, potential he shared with the other French starlets the Dragons have now let go, but what next for Le Cam.

A French international, he’s certainly a player who is Super League quality and with the right coach could become a real wrecking ball.

A similar example could be Sam Walters at Leeds. Another of Super League’s tallest players, he was struggling for game time earlier this season but under Rohan Smith has come on leaps and bounds and is set to play a key role in Leeds’ semi-final this week.

The same could happen for Le Cam wherever he goes but the important thing for him is playing as he revealed to Serious About Rugby League.

The forward also revealed he had no offers from Super League clubs yet and that his future is very much up in the air but that wherever he goes after Catalans he wants more minutes than he was afforded at the French powerhouses of Super League.

“I don’t know yet,” Le Cam said, “There has been no Super League offers at the moment.”

When considering offers, the key will be playing time for the youngster: “I need more playing time and even if we signed in the Super League maybe we would be in the same situation as at the Catalans Dragons.”

By the sounds of it, Le Cam would be open to a move to the Championship. Could he be a big part – both literally and metaphorically – in a Toulouse side trying to bounce back to Super League? Time will tell.

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