Catalans Dragons 2018 Preview


The Dragons had a bitterly disappointing 2017 to say the least, forced to play in the qualifiers and fight for their Super League status. Injuries and inconsistency the story of their season.

The Dragons in 2018 look a side to be reckoned with, mainly down to the talent they have been able to bring in, mainly David Mead and Michael Mcilorum, if they can lead by example, then Catalans look a side that will be tough to beat.


New Boys: Lewis Tierney, Benjamin Jullien, Michael Mcilorum, Antoni Maria and Samisoni Langi.

Losses: Thomas Bosc, Luke Burgess, Thibault Franck, Justin Horo, Krisnan Inu and Richie Myler.

While there are some large losses in the spine of the Dragons in the form of Bosc and Myler, their replacements bring real quality. David Mead is a seasoned NRL veteran and international captain, Michael Mcilorum is a Super League winner on multiple occasions, challenge cup winner  on multiple occasions and has a plethora of experience at first grade, both domestically and internationally.

Catalans managed just 7 wins in the regular season in 2017, this must be improved, they are a very good side that have no business in being in a relegation battle, they have experience, quality and a loyal fan base, everything a club needs to thrive.

I'm expecting a new look Dragons side in 2018, however if they haven't learnt anything from the previous year, they will be a bottom 4 side. I'm getting the sense that the Dragons will be better for the new season, I'm going to back them for a lowest finish of 5th or better, the quality and the enthusiasm all seems to be there for the French side this time around.

Pom

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