After their Grand Final defeat to Wigan Warriors, Catalans Dragons boss Steve McNamara underlined how much he wanted to remain at the club and finally deliver Grand Final glory after coming up short twice in 2021 and 2023.
The Dragons are set to begin a new era with a number of new signings to come in with key men like Sam Tomkins and Mitchell Pearce set to retire.
However, could they also be looking for a new coach? The Mole of Wide World of Sports have linked McNamara with a return to the NRL after a successful time working with Trent Robinson at Sydney Roosters.
However, it seems that McNamara is committed to the Dragons as he said after the Grand Final:
“The future is good I see it bright. I think it’s a clearly a big change for us coming next year.
“We’ve got I think it’s eight players leaving, we’ve got two assistant coaches leaving, got the director-general leaving, but we’ve prepared for it, we’re ready for it, we’ve made some changes, we will make some more changes.
“But the DNA of the club has to be what you saw tonight, a team that refused to give in, wasn’t great in the tap, but refused to give in, refused to stop, refused to buckle.
“Like I said, I’ll repeat it again to get beaten, but we conceded one try. It’s a try we possibly should have stopped, could have stopped all of that. We have to as a club continue in that vein. That will put us in strong positions in the future.”
He went on to add: “Well I’ll be right, I’ll be right but I think everyone needs a little bit of time now. I think that’s the level of where we’re at as a club. The expectation is to win these things now, not just compete. Our expectation is to win.”
The Dragons are bringing in the likes of former Hull FC prop Chris Satae as well as Salford Red Devils, St Helens and Huddersfield Giants halfback Theo Fages who will return to France for the first time in years.