Wildcats release Blanch and he joins the Dragons

posted on 13 September 2010

Catalans Dragons have continued their squad rebuilding under new coach Trent Robinson with the signing of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats winger Damien Blanch.

The 27-year-old, an Australian who played for Ireland in the 2008 World Cup, has signed a two-year contract.

The former Widnes and Castleford Tigers winger has scored 31 tries in 52 appearances for the Wildcats and also touched down eight times for Ireland in the World Cup.

“He is a really good finisher and will definitely bring a lot of pace to the team,” said Catalans general manager Christophe Levy.

“Dimitri Pelo and Steven Bell have left the club and Chris Walker has an uncertain future with us so it was important to strengthen our backline.”

Pelo is switching to French rugby union, Bell has retired and Walker is tipped to join Harlequins.

Blanch joins fellow newcomers Scott Dureau (Newcastle Knights), Ian Henderson (NZ Warriors), Jason Baitieri, Lopini Paea (both Sydney Roosters) and Vincent Duport (Toulouse) at Gilbert Brutus Stadium for 2011, and the club are also expected to announce the capture of Manly Sea Eagles utility back Ben Farrar.

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