He said in today's newspaper, then followed by "Take a look at the English, they're more used to suffer than us", criticising the lack of involvement and desire from the French youngsters. He says he's worried about Catalans' future as young Frenchies don't seem to care about the whole "pro" mindset and just won't make the efforts required.
He stated "if the youngsters don't go the right way, I don't know who's going to play in the near future, if the youngsters can't put the efforts required, we're going to be playing in the Championship or only with English players". Casty, Bosc and Duport are supposed to retire "in one or two years tops" and we'll only be left with "Garcia, Bousquet, Yaha and Albert".
He then declared that we have "around 10 French players that could be SL players tomorrow" but nothing is sure.
My 2 cents :
Then it's time to make a big offer for all the French players that are decent at SL levels. Jullien, Springer, Fages should all be playing for us. He doesn't mention Gigot or Baitieri, which is worrying. It's obvious we have a mindset problem but I don't think English (and certainly not Australian) do it better than us. Partying, drinking, drugs have always been a problem with rugby players from all codes. Not putting the work in is what we're lacking, and if they don't want to work hard, they can go play Pétanque, I'm pretty sure there are guys that will work hard for that.
It's obvious that firing Carney, Taylor, Mason last year cost us money. We're left with a 25 players squad, which is not going to be sufficient. We're going to be relying on U23 to finish the season and there we can see if they can make it or not.
Maybe it's time to put our grudges away and to sweep Union lower clubs for wingers and centres. Their player pool is immense and there are certainely young guys that aren't on a lot of money, that have the qualities required to be good League players. Sigismeau made it to SL and he was just a very average winger in the local Union club young setup. Guys in the second Union division aren't all on 10k/month and youngsters are cheap because they're always a gamble. We do not have the player pool, they do but we have opportunities that those guys won't have in Union where players get stuck in second/third division.
Also, time to change something in the strenght coaching for the youngers. You can't have forwards that aren't big and strong, you can't have backs that aren't quick and strong. Let's see if Wigan can put some size on Escaré. Let's see if our 100kg U19 ever become 105 or 110 or will stay at the same weight from 17 to 30 years old. Samoans aren't going to run at us with 90kg forwards, if anything their backs are bigger than our props.
The President's declaration is a massive slap to players like Margalet and Perez. It's a "wake the up" call. If I were them, I'd be terrified because the boss is angry and all the youngsters need to bust their ass working. We have a 25 players squad, chances are going to come this year, they either take it or leave it, it's up to them.