Tony Gigot finds new club

Former Lance Todd winner Tony Gigot has rejoined hometown club Avignon.

The 30-year-old was confirmed by the French Elite One Championship side on Friday evening.

It ends weeks of speculation over Gigot’s future following his departure from Wakefield Trinity at the start of January.

He becomes the latest high-profile player to sign with Avignon for the 2021 campaign, joining Louis Jouffret and Pat Moran at the ambitious French club.

It is the third time Gigot has joined the club of his birthplace after previous stints in 2012-13 and 2014-15.

He will undoubtedly be the star attraction of the Elite One Championship this season having appeared 15 times for France since 2010.

Gigot is often referred to as the golden boy of French rugby league after his man of the match performance in Catalans Dragons 2018 Challenge Cup Final triumph over Warrington.

However, he has failed to kick on since then with brief spells at Toronto Wolfpack and Wakefield following his acrimonious split from the Dragons in 2019.

On the signng, Avignon coach Renaud Guigue said: “I am happy that he is coming back to the club and bringing his very high level experience to the squad.

“He will bring this uncertainty in the opposing defences which is his own and which is his strength.

“We will do everything to ensure that he has fun with us again and that he finds the desire to perform.

“He started training with us and we can see that this pushes the group upwards.”

Gigot added: “I am happy to return to the club where I started; like many, the 2020 season has been complicated.

“I want to get back on my feet, hoping to reach the highest level as soon as possible.”

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