Two-time NRL champion’s Super League journey begins as he links up with new club

Many Super League sides have held their first training session of the new year as the preparation for 2023 ramps up with pre-season friendlies having started and set to come in full-flow over the next month.

One side who won’t have too many pre-season friendlies are Catalans Dragons with head coach Steve McNamara, having reported in December that he started pre-season with just four players, as reported here.

Another gripe that the former England boss had was that the Dragons are unable to get many pre-season games under their belt due to the travel and fellow French side, Toulouse Olympique, starting their season a couple of weeks earlier thus making a friendly impossible.

As such it will be vital that Catalans can get some on field training done to incorporate new signings into the squad and to prep for their season opener when they visit Wakefield on February 17th.

One of those signings is former Sydney Roosters star Sio Siua Taukei’aho who arrives having put up 168 appearances for the Sydney club.

He’s now been pictured in training for the first time with the Tongan internationally having arrived in the country following Christmas down under.

The 30-year-old starred for Tonga at the World Cup and also brings winning pedigree having been a member of the Roosters squad that won back to back NRL Premiership’s in 2018 and 2019.

The powerful forward will take his role in a pack that has lost the likes of Gil Dudson and Sam Kasiano, both having signed for Warrington, alongside playmaker Josh Drinkwater.

He’s one of five signings for the French side and joins with his fellow Sydney teammate Adam Keighran as well as Tom Johnstone, Manu Ma’u and Romain Navarrete.

Catalans held their first training of the year today and shared images of the players in action to their Twitter page.

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