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Super League club set to sign player as part of $1 million man’s transfer

Catalans Dragons are heading towards a second League Leaders Shield as they sit four points clear of Wigan Warriors and Leigh Leopards at the top of Super League and paramount to that have been some of the brilliant signings they made pre-season.

Those signings include league leading try scorer Tom Johnstone from Wakefield, Frenchman Romain Navarrete from Toulouse and a pair of NRL signings from Sydney Roosters.

That pair is Adam Keighran and Sio Siua Taukeiaho with the centre and prop having had contrasting fortunes in Perpignan so far, Keighran becoming a standout player and having landed himself a deal at Wigan Warriors for 2024.

On the other hand Taukeiaho has struggled with injuries and is reportedly keen to head home to the NRL with the prop having already spoken to the club confirming his desire to leave.

That’s what has been reported by The Daily Telegraph down under, with Taukeiaho speaking to them last week.

“I’ve spoken with Catalans, I’ve let them know it’s my plan to come back to the NRL next year.

“I’ve won premierships at the Roosters and I think my experience can be helpful.

“There’s no issues with Catalans. They have been great, we’re leading the Super League and I would love to finish here with a premiership, but I believe I’ve got more to offer in the NRL.

“I believe I have a good two or three years left in me.”

He’s been pursued by Canterbury Bulldogs who have tabled a huge offer of $500,000 per season over the course of two years.

The Bulldogs are the second NRL club interested in the prop with Wests Tigers also reported to have tabled a $300,000 a year contract but over the course of three years instead.

Zero Tackle are now reporting though that the Bulldogs are the favourites in the clubhouse to sign Taukeiaho however a stumbling block could be that Catalans want a player back in return to force the deal through.

That’s because Taukeiaho is contracted to the club for 2024, with a further option of an additional year, and with other departures for 2024 including fellow forward Tiaki Chan then they want to replenish their pack.

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