‘Highly demanded’: Folau signs fresh deal

Israel Folau has signed a one-year contract extension with the Catalans Dragons, just over a year after he was sacked by Rugby Australia over homophobic social media posts.

Folau made his long-awaited return to the 13-a-side code earlier this year when the Dragons scoped up the 31-year-old after a nine-month highly-publicised exit saga with RA.

On Friday the French Super League side officially announced they had extended Folau’s contract for another 12-months.

“Me and my family are very excited to stay on at the club for season 2021. We’re very grateful for the opportunity that (president) Bernard Guasch and the Dragons have given me,” Folau told the club’s website.

Israel Folau’s Catalans debut (Getty)

“I’m looking forward to working hard and achieving great success on the field with my teammates and this great club,” he added.

Folau had recently turned down an offer to return to rugby union when he rejected a deal from Top 14 side Montpellier in May.

“Once the media storm that followed his signing passed, and after only three Super League appearances, he received many requests and became a highly demanded player,” Guasch said.

“He has shown he is a respectful player since he arrived at the club. He will be 32 years old at the end of his new contract and we will then think about the rest of his career.”

Folau meets Catalans fans

Folau scored 37 tries in 73 Tests for the Wallabies before he was dumped by Rugby by Australia after a he took to social media in a post, saying that “hell awaits” gay people.

Super League will resume on August 2 after the campaign was postponed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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