Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Catalans Dragons back David Mead is off-contract at the end of 2020 but has recently confirmed to Everything Rugby League that he is looking to re-sign with the French club.
The 31-year-old has had a great career in both the NRL and Super League to this point, playing 159 NRL games for the Gold Coast Titans and Brisbane Broncos, and currently has 54 caps under his belt at the Catalans.
In 2018, Mead won his first piece of silverware with the Dragons, in a historic Challenge Cup Final, as it would mark the first time the Catalans and a team from France had ever won Rugby League’s oldest tournament.
He has also represented his native country of Papua New Guinea on 14 occasions, including three World Cups and has even captained the nation.
Although Mead is not close to putting pen to paper yet, he is adamant that he wants to remain a Dragon in 2021.
”I am off contract at the end of this year. I want to get back to playing some footy first because we haven’t played much this year and then I will make a decision. I am keen to stay here at the Catalans because we are building into a good team.” said Mead
Ah it was good to be back playing…countdown is on again. pic.twitter.com/lVgqwWxGze
— David Mead (@davidmead411) August 28, 2020
In February, the Dragons announced that Mead had torn his adductor tendon, which led to a lengthy stint on the sidelines due to both the injury and season suspension; however, he recently returned to the field on the 15th of August, as the Catalans defeated Wakefield Trinity 58-0.
Things are looking good on the South of France, as the Dragons currently sit third on the Super League table, tied on 10 points with the second-placed St.Helens, but the Catalans do have a game in hand.
They also have two games in hand over ladder leaders the Wigan Warriors.
A scheduled fixture against the Leeds Rhinos on the seventh of September has been postponed, so we may not see the Dragons in another Super League game until they will face the first-placed Wigan Warriors on the 12th.