Olivier Elima wants to end career in France

Catalan backrower Olivier Elima wants to play out the rest of his career in France after signing a two-year contract extension with the Dragons.

The 31-year-old, who has enjoyed spells with Castleford, Wakefield and Bradford, returned to Perpignan in 2012 and is excited to see what the future holds.

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“I’m very pleased, two more years in the south of France, what more can you ask for,” Elima told League Express.

“It was a pretty easy decision for me to stay here. I’ve been back for the last couple of years and my aim was to stay at the club, keep developing and help in all aspects of the development of the club.

“Catalan Dragons are going places and I’m happy to be here and hopefully I can help them achieve things over the next few years.

“I’m 31 now, so we will have to see what happens with the body. If everything holds on, I think I’ll have two more years at least and then we’ll see what happens at the end of this new contract.”

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Head coach Laurent Frayssinous was delighted to keep the France captain on board.

“Olivier is one of the key players in the Catalans pack and I’m really happy to keep him at the club,” he said.

“His experience will be invaluable to the team, especially for all the young players who will join the club.”

Meanwhile Catalan and former Leeds fullback Brent Webb has announced his retirement from the game with immediate effect.

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