Drinkwater keen to continue Catalans stay

30 May 21, 7:33AM 0 Comments

Written by John Davidson

Photo by Catalans Media

Josh Drinkwater is unsure where he will be playing next year but is keen to stay with Catalans Dragons.

Drinkwater is off-contract at the end of 2021 and has yet to make a decision on his future.

The Australian joined Catalans on a two-year deal from Hull KR at the end of 2019.

“I’m not sure what’s happening next season yet,” he told Everything Rugby League.

“I’m off contract so I don’t know what I’m doing.

“I’m pretty used to it now, I’ve been off contract enough times to not let it stress me too much.”

Drinkwater started his career in the NRL with St George Illawarra in 2013 before spending a season with London Broncos.

The halfback returned to the NRL to play with Wests Tigers, before heading back to Super League for two years with Leigh Centurions.

In 2018 he joined Catalans, before his switch to the Robins in 2019.

This season the 28-year-old has scored one try and has eight try assists in seven appearances.

He is averaging 8.8 kicks in general play, 4.57 carries, four attacking kicks, 19.4 tackles and 31 metres per game in 2021.

At Catalans Drinkwater had formed a strong combination with James Maloney in the halves.

The playmaker says his preference is to remain in Perpignan next season if possible.

“Obviously I’d like to get it sorted as quickly as possible but my agent will sort everything out and I’ll just wait till I hear from him instead of stressing about it,” he said.

“I’d love to stay at Catalans.

“I feel like with all the young French boys coming through in the next few years we will continue to be up the top challenging for trophies.”

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