Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
After playing in over 200 NRL games for the Brisbane Broncos, Parramatta Eels and St George Illawarra Dragons, Corey Norman announced his retirement from Rugby League.
Throughout his career, Norman became known for his off-field antics despite his undeniable on-field ability.
He confirmed he was stepping away from the game last December, claiming to the YKTR Podcast that he ‘was over’ playing Rugby League.
“Yeah I was just like na I’m not even keen to play anymore hey,” Norman said.
“I was just over it so I thought just call it a day. Best rollercoaster ever. 11 years of ups and downs, the boys. The memories.
“Almost 250 games, 250 of the best.”
Norman’s retirement has lasted just a little over five months as the 31-year-old has officially signed with Super League’s newest club Toulouse Olympique, who were promoted from the Championship at the end of last season and confirmed that they had signed Norman overnight.
🚨 BREAKING NEWS 🚨
Le TO XIII signe Corey NORMAN pour la saison 2022 ✍
Welcome @Normz35 🙌
— Toulouse Olympique XIII (@TOXIII) April 20, 2022
Toulouse’s new half has spoken to the club’s media for the first time since signing for the French outfit.
“I can’t wait to join the club and meet the whole team, coaches and supporters,” stated Norman.
“This represents a good opportunity and at the same time a challenge for me. “
“I also look forward to acquiring the learning that this new start will bring me.“
Club president Bernard Sarrazain has also commented on Norman joining Toulouse.
“Corey’s arrival in the squad is great news for the club at this stage of the season,” said Sarrazain.
“He has the ideal profile since he can occupy two positions that we were looking for, half and back.”
It is highly unlikely that Norman will play in Toulouse’s bottom of the table clash this week as it takes place in just two days.
They are taking on the Leeds Rhinos who sit just one point above them on the Super League table with the two clubs sitting in second last and last respectively.
No matter the result of the game, Norman’s inclusion will be a more than welcome one at Toulouse Olympique.