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Catalans join race for Monaghan

Ian Laybourn 24/11/2010 10:07:18 AM Comments (0)

Catalans Dragons have joined the hunt for disgraced Australian rugby league international Joel Monaghan.

Warrington have agreed to provide a refuge for the 28-year-old, who quit Canberra Raiders earlier this month following the publication on the internet of a lewd photograph of him, as he decides on his next move.

The NSW winger, who was a member of Australia's World Cup final team in 2008, is currently staying with his older brother, Warrington hooker Michael Monaghan, and has been given permission to train alongside him at the Wolves.

"Because of the family connection and a request from Michael, we have agreed for Joel to train with us in the short term until he finds himself a club," said a Warrington spokesperson.

Despite being ostracised in Australia, Monaghan will have no difficulty finding a Super League club, with up to seven clubs reported to have expressed an interest.

Castleford, whose boss Terry Matterson coached the player for three years during his stint as assistant-boss at Canberra, were thought to be favourites to secure Monaghan as a straight replacement for recently-retired centre James Evans.

But Monaghan is also thought to be on the wanted list of Crusaders, who cannot make a move while in administration, and was reported to be visiting Catalans Dragons, who have a vacancy on their overseas quota following the decision of Dane Carlaw to return to Australia.

Monaghan has told friends he will not make a decision on his future until consulting his family when he returns home for Christmas but Catalans' new coach Trent Robinson is hopeful of snaring the player.

"He is coming today and will stay for a couple of days," he said. "I don't know Joel so I want to meet him but we have had a few chats on the phone and hopefully he will feel comfortable here.

"I think everyone deserves a chance at redemption and we have talked about that. If it does end up that we offer him a contract, then he has a decision to makeabout lifestyle."

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