Catalans Dragons’ Major NRL Signings: A History of Success

The Biggest Signings in Catalans Dragons’ History

The arrival of Nick Cotric in 2025 marks another significant addition from the NRL for Steve McNamara’s Catalans Dragons. Cotric is the latest in a long line of players who have arrived with enormous reputations and, more often than not, have delivered in the south of France.

9. Clint Greenshields

One of the original big-name signings, the fullback made the switch to Super League with Catalans in 2007 and had an instant impact, establishing himself as a pivotal figure in their early days as a Super League club.

8. Louis Anderson

While he didn’t arrive directly from the NRL, Anderson’s impact as a mainstay in the mid-2010s was instrumental in the Dragons’ emergence as a leading light in Super League.

7. Nick Cotric

The newest big name to sign for the Dragons, the 25-year-old Cotric arrives at the peak of his powers, having proven himself as a star in the NRL. He is set to add real firepower to the Catalans backline.

6. James Maloney

The elite-level Australian half-back joined in 2020, helping the Dragons secure the League Leader’s Shield for the first time in their history, though his time was cut short by COVID-19 regulations.

5. Mitchell Pearce

The Australian half-back arrived in 2022 as Maloney’s direct replacement, playing a key role in getting the Dragons to the 2023 Super League Grand Final.

4. Israel Folau

The biggest name of them all to sign for Catalans, Folau’s time in Perpignan was short-lived, as he was released just 15 games into his Dragons career.

3. Greg Bird

The Australian forward had a single season with Catalans in 2009 before returning to the NRL, but he later rejoined the club in 2017 and played a pivotal role in establishing the Dragons as a force under Steve McNamara.

2. Stacey Jones

The arrival of the New Zealand legend in 2006 coincided with Catalans’ entry into Super League and was instrumental in getting the club established in the early years.

1. Sam Tomkins

The Englishman’s move from Wigan Warriors was a major moment, and his time with the Dragons firmly established them as one of the leading lights in Super League, even if they didn’t quite get over the line in a Grand Final.

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