'blistering speed' of Mead excites French
LISMORE junior David Mead has likely played his last game in the National Rugby League after signing a three-year deal with English Super League Club Catalans Dragons in France.
Mead would be 32-years-old by the end of the contract and a return to the NRL would seem beyond him at that point.
The Marist Brothers junior played the bulk of his NRL career at the Gold Coast Titans between 2009-2016 before a season at the Brisbane Broncos.
He was never able to cement a starting spot at Brisbane, playing just 12 games under Wayne Bennett.
His departure could come back to bite the Broncos with current winger Corey Oates expressing his strong desire to move into the forwards this season.
"My family and I are grateful for the opportunity the Catalans Dragons have given us,” Mead told Dragons media. "My time at the Broncos under Wayne has been extremely enjoyable and now I look forward to learning all about the French culture when I join my new teammates.”
Mead was born in Papua New Guinea before moving to Lismore where he attended Kadina High School and Trinity Catholic College.
He finished 2017 on a positive note when he captained PNG to the quarter-finals of the Rugby League World Cup.
He played rugby union and rugby league in Lismore before a successful stint at the Titans which saw him score 67 tries in 147 games.
"David is a very exciting signing for our club and the Super League competition,” Catalans coach Steve McNamara said.
"His blistering speed and attacking assets have been proven in the NRL over a number of years and these were further enhanced with his recent performances for Papua New Guinea.
"Captaining his country also created the perfect opportunity for him to show his leadership qualities and we look forward to seeing this part of his game grow.”