1st December 2020, 12:06 | catalans
Catalans Dragons have confirmed that Rémi Casty will leave the club following the culmination of the 2021 Betfred Super League season.
The 35-year-old has racked up 336 appearances in 14 seasons for the Dragons and led the club to their first-ever Coral Challenge Cup victory as they beat Warrington Wolves at Wembley Stadium back in 2018.
Casty spent a season with Sydney Roosters in 2014 lifting the World Club Challenge following a victory over Wigan Warriors. The prop-forward has also represented France on 20 occasions, including at the 2008 and 2013 Rugby League World Cups.
Catalans Head Coach, Steve McNamara, said: “Rémi would go down in Catalans Dragons history as the captain of our first ever Challenge Cup victory at Wembley.
“He has played a magic contribution in improving the overall professionalism and standards at the club. His drive, passion and desire to succeed has been clear every time he enters the field. He has given his all for the club and for that, I fully appreciate everything he has done not only in my time as the coach but the time before also.
“This was amongst others an extremely difficult decision, Rémi expressed a desire to continue playing which I respect but we, as a club, had to assess the whole situation.
“We are an ageing team, and we are in the process of readdressing the balance. We need to create some opportunities for our younger players and take into account the current financial situation.”
Casty added: “It was a huge pleasure to play for the Catalans Dragons. I grew up there as a man and a player, I also met some great people.
“I would like to thank all the employees who work at the club, all the players I worked with, all the coaching and medical staff I worked with, the sponsors and of course all the fans who have been amazing during all my time at the club.”