Toulouse Olympique had a short stay in Super League having earned promotion in 2021 and they lasted just one season at rugby league’s top table.
Now back in the Championship the French outfit are touted as one of the favourites to secure promotion again and this time they’ll have the help of another French side.
Toulouse have announced today that they have signed a Dual Registration agreement with Catalans Dragons for the 2023 season which will allow clubs the ability for players to play across both competitions, Super League and Championship.
The Championship side had announced the news to their website and it’s a move that is sure to benefit both sides.
“Always in line with collaboration and mutual assistance comfortably installed between the two French professional rugby league clubs, the TO and the Catalans Dragons have signed a ‘Double Licence’ agreement (Dual Registration) for the 2023 season,” Toulouse announced via their website.
“This system allows players to gain playing time, Super League clubs to ‘test’ them at a good level and Championship clubs to strengthen.
“This is not the first time that the two French clubs have launched such an agreement, it had been the case for Arthur Romano or Jodie Broughton.”
With Catalans suffering huge injury troubles at the moment this will give the Perpignan side a chance to blood a lot of their young talent in via Toulouse as a way to introduce them to the professional game.
Catalans will be without star winger Fouad Yaha for up to five months, both Mike McMeeken and Tyrone May till around April and England skipper Sam Tomkins slated to miss at least the opener.
Consequently Steve McNamara’s side have called up five reserve team players to the first team and therefore they can potentially send these players to Championship Toulouse to give them much-needed experience.