Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves, Hull FC, Hull KR and Huddersfield Giants have all made major signings from the NRL for 2024.
As clubs make signings for the new season, Catalans Dragons have been busy. They have signed Theo Fages, Chris Satae and are expected to add more new faces to a roster that is headed towards plenty of change.
They have also brought in Pacifique XIII forward Atonio Tokotuu on trial to see if they want to bring the young man into the club f0r next year.
Forwards are a vital area for the Dragons given the saga around Siua Taukeiaho. After literal years of speculation, Steve McNamara utilised his connections with Sydney Roosters and the link between the Catalans Dragons and their former boss at Sydney Trent Robinson to draft in Siua Taukeiaho as a major signing for 2023.
However, he has struggled with injuries and the Dragons didn’t exactly miss him for most of the season though he did feature in the Grand Final defeat to Wigan Warriors.
Earlier this year, Catalans Dragons have confirmed Siua Taukeiaho will be released from the remainder of his contract at the end of the 2023 season for family reasons. This is despite the fact that reports have claimed down under that he hasn’t been released.
The club did make it clear that they “will be ready to negotiate if the player finds a new opportunity elsewhere.”
The Tongan prop arrived at the club this season and made 7 appearances for the Dragons in an injury-blighted season.
The club have also taken the opportunity to wish him all the best for the future.
Siua Taukeiaho : “It’s been a disappointing season with the number of injuries I have had. I love this place, I wish I could have stayed longer but I need to put my family first. I remain 100% focused on my objectives with the club until the end of the season. I will do everything to get my body right to help the team to win the competition. I haven’t signed anywhere else. If that happens, both clubs will then negotiate.”
Bernard Guasch : “We’ve had a discussion with Siua and we understand his decision to return to Australia. He is very frustrated with his season and would have liked to contribute more to the club’s performances. We know he is going to do everything he can to be competitive for the last games of the season and to help the team to achieve its objectives.”
The Dragons have already been looking for a prop since Dylan Napa left the club. They now have an extra quota spot to utilise.