Dragons throw caution to the wind by signing Israel Folau
Catalans Dragons did what many teams secretly wanted to do by signing out of favour
Australian rugby player Israel Folau, a decision that could as easily backfire
as it could pay off. Indeed, this is a developing story to watch as the former
rugby union man who can play as a centre or on the wing, has arrived in France
showing very little remorse.
fact, Folau touched down at the Perpignan-Rivesaltes Airport having just
received a massive multi-million dollar payout from Rugby Australia after
the custodians of Australian rugby asked to settle out of court. In Folaus
mind, he probably feels quite vindicated at how things turned out and it remains
to be seen whether he will be able to restrain himself if asked about his own
Catalans Dragons have inserted a clause into his contract that gives them the
right to terminate it should he go on the verbal offensive again. That gives you
the idea that the Catalans Dragons hierarchy and Folaus representatives
have indeed sat across a table and spoken about his responsibilities as a professional
rugby league player.
this then indicate that the matter is closed for now and that the 30-year-old
is happy to put these controversial matters to bed to focus on his rugby career
again? Possibly, but it isnt that straightforward and unfortunately for
Folau, even if he is keen to move on, a lot of people arent - namely his
is that a few of the Catalans Dragons players arent overly impressed with
the decision to bring Folau into the mix and that could cause problems for the
teams hopes this season in the league. Any hopes of winning a Grand Final
to start with could be a stretch with the team at outside
odds of 12/1 in rugby league betting and with a fractured changing room, well,
you can triple those odds.
again, if any sort of grumbling in the changing room turns out to be nothing more
than hearsay and the squad are keen to work with Folau, then those odds of 12/1
can be slashed in half. If we were to momentarily put Folaus outlandish
comments to one side and focus on his rugby prowess it does become easy to
see why the Catalans Dragons signed him. To be brutally honest, he is arguably
the best signing to be made by a rugby league team in a very, very long time.
There is a
reason why Folau is considered the very best rugby player in Australia and it
has to do with his blistering pace and dancing feet. You could go even further
and say that Folau was among the top three players in the Southern Hemisphere,
possibly even the best.
Catalans Dragons have thrown caution to the wind by acquiring the Australians
services but it was always going to happen, Folau is just too talented to sit
on the scrapheap until his retirement and sooner or later a club was going to
ignore popular opinion and sign him. Now that is has happened, what happens next?
That really is anybody's guess.