Toulouse Olympique star Corey Norman in discussions with Super League side

Toulouse Olympique star Corey Norman is said to be in discussions with the Super League side.

Though the former St George Illawarra Dragons playmaker is serving an eight-match ban, chief executive Cedric Garcia has revealed that the club are in discussions over Norman’s future after a superb half a season with the French side.

Having said that, Toulouse look to be nearing relegation after just one season in the Super League, but Garcia is keen to stress that the club will be a Super League side in all but name in 2023.

“I think people recognise that we are a Super League club with our facilities and the way we operate,” Garcia told the Morning Star.

“We’ve tested it and we like it so we want to come back. We’re going to try everything to have a team that is capable of bringing us straight back.

“We have no option but to stay full-time if we want to be competitive as a foreign club. We tried it between 2009 and 2011 but, with the travel and recovery, it doesn’t work.”

Toulouse will also have to continue to pay the costs for the officials and away team travel which amounts to half a million pounds a year – and that will not change whether Toulouse are in the top flight or second tier.

“I think on this one we won’t have any choice,” he said. “Should we stay in Super League, there would be some talks with the clubs.

“However, in the Championship I don’t see the RFL letting us not fund the travel. We need to be ready to do it.”

The French club have given a marvellous showing of themselves in 2022 despite the likely end result being relegation to the Championship.

That being said, the fundamentals are all in place for a potentially successful year and promotion once more in 2023.

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