On the back of what was a successful individual Rugby League World Cup campaign, David Mead has opted to sign for Super League side, the Catalan Dragons.
Mead has signed a three-year deal with the Perpignan-based club, a move that has come as a shock to some given that he could have continued to play NRL.
Despite that, Mead opted to sign for Catalans and is grateful for the new opportunity presented to him.
“My family and I are grateful for the opportunity given to us by the Dragons,” said Mead.
“I enjoyed my time at the Broncos under the command of Wayne Bennett but I am now eager to discover France and its culture and meet my new teammates and staff in a few weeks. ”
Playing in more than 150 NRL games for the Gold Coast Titans and the Brisbane Broncos, as well as in more than 10 internationals for Papua New Guinea, the club is excited at the prospect of seeing Mead play in their colours.
“He is a superb rookie not only for our club but also for the competition in general,” Catalans coach Steve McNamara said.
“His exceptional speed and offensive assets have been recognized in NRL for several years, qualities that he further improved during his recent performances with Papua New Guinea during the World Cup.
I am convinced that he will quickly become one of the favorite players of the Catalan fans who will love to see him in action. ”
Leadership is such a key aspect for many senior players in today’s day of rugby league and Catalans hope that Mead can build on his experiences as Papua New Guinea captain at the World Cup.
“To have been named the captain of his country was the perfect opportunity for him to show his leadership qualities and we are looking forward to seeing him further develop this aspect of his game at Dragons,” McNamara continued.
“We had to work very hard, particularly with Christophe Jouffret, to make this agreement and the transfer happen. To sign a foreign player of this calibre becomes more and more difficult and we strike a big blow with this player who will be an added value for us but also for the competition of Super League as a whole. “