Romain Navarrete is in a very select group of players having won a Grand Final.
In fact, he is one of few Frenchmen who can call themselves a former Super League Champion having played in Wigan’s 12-4 Old Trafford win over Warrington in 2018 as the Cherry and Whites won a fifth Super League title and a third at the expense of the Wolves.
That came after he left Catalans Dragons in 2016 having made his way to Super League via the Elite One Championship in France and a spell at Hemel Stags in the lower leagues.
He would return to the Dragons on loan in 2017 but would make a good enough impression to start Wigan’s Grand Final win in 2018.
His Wigan career would conclude in 2020 after a spell at Wakefield on loan prior to joining London in 2021 before returning to France with Toulouse helping them earn promotion to Super League for the first time.
He was one of Toulouse’s best players during a difficult campaign which ended in promotion but although the French side are headed back to the Championship in 2023, it seems Navarrete is set to stay in Super League joining one of Toulouse’s rivals from this season.
Unsurprisingly, the club interested in him is French side Catalans Dragons meaning Navarrete will not have to move countries.
It means he will be back where his Super League journey started back in 2015.
This is according to reports in France from L’Independent as well as Treize Mondial claiming he’s set to join the Dragons in 2023 after they let go of plenty of forwards such as Corentin Le Cam, Mathieu Cozza, Sam Kasiano and Gil Dudson meaning Navarrete’s return would come at the perfect time.
It remains to be seen whether his move back to the Dragons will come to pass, but it certainly seems likely.