Long-serving Catalans forward to leave the club

Catalans have confirmed that prop Mika Simon will leave the club at the end of the season.

The 33-year-old is among the club’s longest serving players, having made his debut in 2010 and since going on to make over 140 appearances, including the 2018 Challenge Cup Final win.

He also had a two-year stint with Wakefield between 2015 and 2016, in which he played 49 games.

“I made the decision to end my professional career at the end of this season,” Simon said. “During this long period, I have had time to think about it and I feel it is the right decision.

Simon has spent 11 seasons in Super League. Credit: News Images

“I want to prepare my future as well as possible and be close to my two kids. I’ve had 11 fantastic Super League seasons, with ups and downs, but those moments allowed me to build myself.

“I have been delighted to play for this the club over all these years. I want to finish my career as well as possible and to see how far this team can go.”

Catalans head coach Steve McNamara added: “Mika has been an outstanding servant for the Catalans Dragons. He was hugely influential in our Challenge Cup Final success in 2018.

“We look forward to seeing a very strong finish to his Catalans career this year.”

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