Perry off to Catalans
SHANE Perry won an NRL title with the Broncos and a Queensland Cup premiership with Redcliffe. Now he will join Catalans Dragons. Next year the halfback will chase a British Super League crown with the French club.
Perry has been recruited by Catalans' new coach Kevin Walters, himself a former premiership-winning halfback and skipper with the Broncos.
Shane Perry in action for the Broncos. Photo: Getty Images.
Walters has also snared Cowboys and Queensland State of Origin trainer Steve Hooper as strength and conditioning coach.
Hooper already boasts a strong French connection as performance director for the national side, which is coached by Australian John Monie.
"I think Shane still has a lot to offer even though he hasn't had too many opportunities with the Broncos this year," Walters said.
"He knows what i t is like to win a premiership and that's an ingredient which clubs kill for.
"I'm sure the style of football over there will suit him and he'll fit in well with the likes of Adam Mogg, Casey McGuire and Dane Carlaw, who he has played with at Redcliffe and the Broncos."
Shane Perry in action for the Dolphins. Photo: Dolphins Media
Kiwi Test star Stacey Jones was Catalans' star halfback recruit in their inaugural Super League season in 2005 but since his retirement at the end of last year several players have worn the No. 7 jumper, including utility star McGuire.
The recruitment of Perry by Catalans follows the signing of St George Illawarra's Test prop Jason Ryles and Manly's former Queensland State of Origin centre Steve Bell since Walters was announced as coach.
Currently coached by Australian Mick Potter, the Dragons are running third in Super League and have provided 10 players to the French Test squad to play England in Toulouse tomorrow night.
A former Redcliffe teammate of Perry's, Trent Clayton, has been chosen for France after qualifying on a residency basis after five years in the country.
Hooper is in camp as a trainer with the Queensland side and will miss the Test but is expected to be involved with France's World Cup campaign in Australia which begins with a week-long camp at Caloundra in October.
Perry has been named at halfback for Brisbane's round-16 NRL match against Penrith at Penrith tomorrow night although there is a chance P. J. Marsh will start, with youngster Andrew McCullough as five-eighth and Perry on the bench.
The Broncos will finalise their preparations today with former Panther Joel Clinton facing a fitness test on his injured shoulder.
By Steve Ricketts, Courier Mail - June 26, 2008