McNamara keen to keep Yaha amid interest from rugby union

Steve McNamara says he is aware of interest from rugby union in winger Fouad Yaha.

Reports emerged in France over the weekend that the 21-year-old was attracting interest from Pro 14 side SU Agen.

Yaha is off-contract at the end of the season and free to speak to other clubs, and although McNamara confirmed the club wants to keep him beyond his existing deal, he admitted the winger has a decision to make.

“Fouad’s a really good talent, a good, young boy, but there’s pressure from union across there as well. That’s a possibility.

“We’re keen to keep Fouad, he’s a good, young player, without a doubt. Fouad’s got to do what he wants to do and the career path he wants to pick.

“But he’s a really good kid and I’ll be sad if we lose him, but we’ll see.”

Yaha is one of 15 players off-contract with the Dragons at the end of the season, with all of them now free to consider contracts elsewhere.

But McNamara was relaxed about the situation.

“We’re in dialogue with our group,” he said.

“They’re all aware of the situation where we’re at and we want to continue to evolve but keep building our squad as we move along. I’m sure over a period of time there will be some re-signings and possibly some new signings but we’ll see.”