Taia signs new deal with Catalans

Zeb Taia has signed today a new three year contract with the Catalans Dragons that will keep him at the Gilbert Brutus Stadium until the end of 2017.

The former New Zealand international, who arrived at the club in 2013, scored 22 tries in 52 Super League appearances.

Zeb Taia said: “My family and I love the life here, we are happy in France.

“I’m happy with the club and the staff.

“Hopefully we can win a trophy in the next couple of years.

“We have a good young team and I believe in the young players at the club, especially the ones coming through the U19 system.”

The Catalans backrower, who won the Player of the Year Club award last season, never missed a game in 2014, playing 30 Super League games and scoring 12 tries.

Catalans Dragons CEO Christophe Jouffret commented:“Zeb has been voted Player of the year by the staff last year.

“He became a key player in the squad.

“He played the whole 30 games last season, and always at his best level.

“He is a great player with great qualities, both on and off the field.

“His contract was running until the end of 2015 season but we felt it was important to secure the Cook-Island captain signature for the long term.”