Catalans Dragons have had a difficult off-season amidst reports from coach Steve McNamara that they only started pre-season with four players and that they’ve had an inability to arrange pre-season friendlies as well.
Despite this they’ll head into 2023 aiming for the playoffs again and trying to replicate their 2021 Grand Final appearance and to do that they’ve added some fresh faces in Perpignan.
Plenty of signings have come from within Super League with the likes of Tom Johnstone, Manu Mau’u and Romain Navarrete all joining from sides that played in the 2022 Super League campaign.
Two NRL imports are those that peak the interest of fans though with a pair of Sydney Roosters arriving, Siosiua Taukeiaho and Adam Keighran and the latter has just given his first interview at his new club.
The 25-year-old Australian can play a number of positions and has spoken about the transition in an interview on the side’s Youtube channel.
Keighran said: “It’s different, I’m loving it at the moment. Going to the supermarket and things like that is a challenge but when I’m at the club it’s good, all the boys are very welcoming and they adapt to my English which is good. I’m still learning French obviously but hopefully I’m fluent within a couple of weeks, but probably a couple of months really.”
The talented playmaker spoke about the influences that brought him to Super League and in particular Perpignan.
“I was fortunate enough to train with James Maloney at Penrith and family friends have spoken to him and me and we’ve been fortunate enough to know that he’s had a great time here and he’s still here so that speaks volumes of the country, so I was really keen to come here.
“Speaking to the coach, the way he spoke about the club and where they’re heading really excited myself and the style of play is something that I wanted to be a part of. To win a premiership is the goal of every team but the passion that they speak with about it here is why I wanted to join.”