Greg Bird given compassionate leave by Catalans

Catalans Dragons have allowed new signing Greg Bird to return to Australia following the death of his father.

Bird, who has joined the club from Gold Coast Titans on a five-year deal, has returned Down Under immediately to return to his family.

Catalans Dragons football manager Alex Chan said: “This is terrible news for Greg and his family and he has temporarily returned home to Australia to be with his family.”

The 32-year-old is preparing to start his second spell with the Dragons, having originally played for them in 2009. He has also played for Cronulla Sharks and the Titans.