Exclusive: Toulouse Olympique star Corey Norman rejected UK club

Corey Norman is making a name for himself in Super League this year despite retiring in 2021.

Norman had just finished his contract with the St George Illawarra Dragons after enjoying a stellar spell at the club, hanging up his boots after not being offered a new deal.

That being said, before being coaxed back out of retirement by Toulouse Olympique, his career almost went in a completely different direction.

Leigh Centurions were in for Norman in a bid to help the club achieve Super League promotion in 2022, with owner Derek Beaumont bankrolling the side with some incredible signings.

The likes of Blake Ferguson, John Asiata and Lachlan Lam have all made the move to the Leigh Sports Village, but they were almost joined by Norman, according to Beaumont himself.

“We had agree terms with Corey Norman’s agent and the he decided to retire,” Beaumont told Serious About Rugby League.

“It’s one thing the agent being happy with something but then the player has got to agree with it too.”

And, Beaumont also confirmed that he still looking to add to a star-studded squad.

“The team that’s being assembled – and isn’t completely assembled yet is a team that, if you go through our squad and the players, like Caleb Aekins at fullback, Nene MacDonald, John Asiata, Sam Stone, Tom Amone and Aaron Smith, there’s lots of Super League and NRL quality players that would get into the top half of Super League sides.

“We’ve got them wrapped up the following year providing we do get to Super League.”

Leigh, recently, have been in incredible form, sitting pretty at the top of the Championship with five points between themselves and nearest challengers Featherstone Rovers who have been in a bit of a slump recently.

Toulouse, on the other hand, have been trying with every fibre of their being to maintain a spot in Super league for 2022, but their survival hopes have taken a bit of a hit in recent weeks with bottom-place rivals Wakefield Trinity beating Castleford Tigers to leapfrog the French side once more.

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