2022 was not the sequel to 2021 Catalans Dragons fans dreamed it would be.
After finishing top of the league in 2021 and playing in a first ever Grand Final where they came so close to claiming a first ever Super League title, the Dragons flattered to deceive in 2022.
It’s becoming something of a curse losing a Grand Final to St Helens. In 2020 after Grand Final defeat to the Saints, Salford slipped down to the bottom three in the league whilst in 2021 after losing to Saints in the decider Wigan endured a lukewarm season which ended early and Catalans suffered the same fate in 2022.
The French side did suffer with injuries and suspensions throughout the campaign especially in the second half which sapped them of all their momentum which meant that even when they were back to full strength against Leeds in the play-offs with 13 of last year’s Grand Final side available but they clearly lacked momentum which resulted in frustration and three yellow cards and a red for Gil Dudson.
So now is the time for a mini rebuild and it’s already under way with a number of signings already confirmed and the likes of Dudson as well as Sam Kasiano already on their way out and two more players have confirmed their exits.
The first is Samisoni Langi who very nearly joined Wakefield last year and has confirmed on Instagram that he won’t be at the Dragons next year.
Benjamin Jullien joins him in terms of departures set to be replaced by Manu Ma’u. He also confirmed his exit on social media.
Meanwhile, according to L’Independant, Dean Whare, Mathieu Cozza, Corentin Le Cam and Romain Franco are set to join them despite the potential of the young French trio.
Michael McIlorum and Arthur Romano are set to stay according to the French publication.