Gold Coast Titans have granted a request from Greg Bird to be released from the final year of his contract – and he has agreed to join Catalans Dragons on a huge five-year contract.
A long-standing promise between Bird and Chairman Bernard Guasch see’s Bird return to finish his career at the Catalans Dragons as promised.
Bird said: “I had always intented to return to the Dragons and promised Bernard I would come back and win a Premiership. They reached out to me and offered me a long-term deal this week which I was only to happy to agreed to. I have fond memories of my time at the Dragons, it’s a wonderful place to live and my wife and I are excited to be taking on this new chapter in our lives.”
CEO Christophe Jouffret said: “It was always going to happen, we have kept in contact with Greg and his manager Chris Orr evrey year and enquired about when Greg was going to return.”
Jouffret added: “He is the type of player our team needs to lead us on the field and with his experience and extremly competitive nature we look forward to having him again playing in the Dragons jersey.
The Dragons will also aid Bird’s aspirations to coach one day, too. He will work with the junior coaches while playing and take up an assistant role in the final two years of his deal.
Titans Chief Executive Officer, Graham Annesley, said: “No one can doubt the commitment Greg has played with throughout his career whether it be for his club, his state, or his country. He is a fierce competitor and always gives 100% which is why his team mates at all levels love playing alongside him”.
“We wish Greg the very best of luck and success for the remainder of his career”, Annesley concluded.