Catalans Dragons are turning into a significant pressure within the Super League following a lot of years close to the highest.
That excellent shape was once encapsulated in 2021 when the French membership completed most sensible for the primary time of their historical past and certified for his or her first ever Grand Final at Old Trafford.
One of the primary individuals to the Dragons’ emerging good fortune is Benjamin Garcia.
After a couple of seasons in Australia with the Wynnum Manly Sea Eagles after which Brisbane Broncos’ National Youth Competition, Garcia joined Catalans in 2013, debuting in August of that 12 months.
Since then, the loose-forward has established himself as one of the vital biggest performers within the most sensible flight, enjoying for 3 seasons till a one-year hiatus with the Penrith Panthers break up up his 8 years on the Stade Gilbert Brutus.
Garcia quickly returned in 2016 and has long gone directly to make over 150 appearances for the Perpignan facet.
However, when on the brink of signal a brand new contract in summer time of closing 12 months – he ultimately put pen to paper on a brand new three-year deal – Garcia has printed that he had an be offering from Castleford Tigers.
“I signed three more years for the Catalans, I had an offer from Castleford and some interest from another club but nothing more,” Garcia advised Serious About Rugby League.
“I would like to retire at the Catalans at the end of my professional career and leave the club in better position than when I came.”
For Garcia, the 2021 season was once one thing which took him a bit bit through marvel, particularly when taking into consideration the lack of high-calibre avid gamers.
“2021 was once nice, it was once my first 12 months as captain of the membership.
“We misplaced a couple of skilled avid gamers at the beginning of the season like Sam Moa, Mickael Simon and Remi Casty, so I didn’t truly know the way the season can be.
“But after the preseason I knew the 2021 group was better, stronger, with lot of enthusiasm and great recruitment.”
The 28-year-old Frenchman is hopeful that the agonising 12-10 Grand Final loss to St Helens will spur his facet on for extra silverware – although the defeat gave long-lasting recollections.
“It’s the most efficient season for the Catalans since 2006 – we discovered the consistency that we didn’t have up to now and to win the League Leaders’ Shield was once a super praise.
“So, individually I’m simply happy with what the staff completed this 12 months – to visit Old Trafford and play a semi-final at house on this setting, that’s the kind of recreation I wish to play annually.
“The loss in the Grand Final will be in my mind for a long time just like every competitor, but it’s made me even more hungry.”