Josh Drinkwater extends Catalans contract

Josh Drinkwater has signed an extended deal at high-flying Super League club Catalans Dragons.
Josh Drinkwater has signed an extended deal at high-flying Super League club Catalans Dragons.

Catalans Dragons' Australian halfback Josh Drinkwater has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the French Super League club until the end of 2023.

The 29-year-old is in his second spell with the Catalans and, in harness with countryman James Maloney, has guided them to top spot in Super League on the back of a club record nine-match winning run.

Dragons coach Steve McNamara said: "Josh has been pivotal to our performances this year.

"His contributions in attack have been outstanding and he has shown a real desire to improve all other parts to his game."

Drinkwater helped the Dragons make history by becoming the first overseas team to lift the Challenge Cup in 2018 in his first spell with the club and rejoined them from Hull KR ahead of the 2020 season.

Drinkwater, who has scored 14 tries in 51 appearances so far for the Catalans, has also played in Super League for London Broncos and Leigh.

He made a name for himself in the NRL with St George Illawarra and Wests Tigers.

"I've loved my time here at the Dragons so far and when it came down to it, this the club I want to play for," Drinkwater said.

"We've got a great group of players and staff and I'm really enjoying my game at the moment.

"I love living in the south of France and the Catalan region and I hope we can bring the first Super League trophy here."

Australian Associated Press