Super League halfback signs new deal

Catalans Dragons half-back Josh Drinkwater has signed a two-year contract with the club.

The Australian has put pen to paper on a contract extension that will secure his future at the Gilbert Brutus Stadium until the end of the 2023 season.

A former Manly junior, Drinkwater made his NRL debut in 2013 with St George Illawara Dragons before joining London Broncos a year later. The Australian half-back then moved back to Australia with Wests Tigers and came back in England with Leigh Centurions.

He signed for Catalans Dragons in 2018 and after a one-year stay at Hull KR, returned to Perpignan for the 2020 season. Drinkwater has scored 14 tries in 51 appearances for the Dragons.

The Catalans half is currently the 2021 Betfred Super League try assists leader, having produced 17 try assists in 12 games so far.

On staying with the Dragons until 2023, Drinkwater said: “I’ve loved my time here at the Dragons so far and when it came down to it, this the club I want to play for. We’ve got a great group of players and staff and I’m really enjoying my game at the moment.

“I love living in the south of France and the Catalan region and I hope we can bring the first Super League trophy here.”

Catalans Dragons head coach Steve McNamara added: “Josh has been pivotal to our performances this year. His contributions in attack have been outstanding and he has shown a real desire to improve all other parts to his game.

“Josh suits our club and we suit him. I am delighted he has agreed a new 2 year deal.”

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