2022 wasn’t the year Toulouse wanted.
Despite wins over eventual Grand Finalists Leeds Rhinos and St Helens as well as pushing the likes of Wigan Warriors far, the French side suffered relegation at the end of the season.
The French side looked set to survive when they beat Wakefield in a classic game at the Magic Weekend after which they lifted themselves off the bottom with a win over Hull KR.
Now it’s being reported that a return to the Championship is testing the club financially which makes recruitment and retention difficult.
Former London Broncos and Wigan Warriors centre Chris Hankinson who can also play at stand-off or fullback has left for Featherstone Rovers under new coach Sean Long.
Meanwhile, Corey Norman is headed to the Elite One Championship whilst Tony Gigot is also looking for a new club.
However the club has tied down Mathieu Jussaume for 2023 and have backed that up with typing down the versatile Anthony Marion.
Capable of playing loose-forward or hooker or even filling in at the halves, he’s a crucial player and represents good business from the French side.
He has signed a one year extension to keep him at the club for 2023.
Toulouse will now need to turn their attention to recruitment if they want to return to Super League with Featherstone, Halifax and Bradford Bulls all pulling off some big signings.