Catalans Dragons have named a 23-man squad for their Super League campaign in 2015 – which head coach Laurent Frayssinous says will be extended ahead of the coming season.
Clubs must name a 25-man squad ahead of a Super League season, but for now, the Dragons boss has opted to go with a number two below that limit. Given how the club used over 30 players last year though, Frayssinous admits he will extend the squad prior to the new season – but for now, the club are going with 23 names on their squad list.
“We have been working since the beginning of our pre-season with this group of 23 players,” Frayssinous said. “They are working really hard and have been improving week by week.”
“Administratively, I know that I have to announce a 25 man squad, but I don’t want to upset the balance that we have managed to find. From experience, I know that this list has no value, for example, we used 32 players last year despite naming an initial 25 man squad. “
“We have got some great young players at the club, those playing with our reserve or U19 academy teams, and I know a lot of them can claim to play in Super League this season.”
“That is why this group of 23 will be extended but, as I said, I don’t want to disrupt now something that currently working for us as a team.”
New signings Todd Carney, Remi Casty and Willie Tonga are all included.
Catalans Dragons 2015 squad: Louis Anderson, Jason Baitieri, Thomas Bosc, Julian Bousquet, Damien Cardace, Todd Carney, Remi Casty, Vincent Duport, Scott Dureau, Olivier Elima, Morgan Escare, Benjamin Garcia, Ian Henderson, Jeff Lima, Antoni Maria, Greg MOunis, Michael Oldfield, Mathias Pala, Eloi Pelissier, Ben Pomeroy, Zab Taia, Willie Tonga, Elliott Whitehead.