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Veteran Menzies agrees to play on

Ian Laybourn 07/07/2011 09:17:02 PM Comments (0)

Super League's oldest player Steve Menzies has ended speculation over his future by signing a new 12-month contract with Catalan Dragons.

The legendary Australian confirmed last week that he will play on beyond his 38th birthday in December but intriguingly revealed he had received offers from rival Super League clubs.

Today the former Manly and Kangaroos backrower committed himself to one last season in Perpignan, much to the delight of coach Trent Robinson.

"We are honoured and humbled to re-sign Steve Menzies for another season," said Robinson, who at 34 is three years younger than his fellow Australian.

"Steve is a player with qualities that are hard to find in the modern-day professional player.

"He is a player with instinct and grace that has adapted to many changes in our game but continues to develop and dominate in the modern era.

"Most importantly for the players at the Dragons, he is a player who you want to stand next to in the defensive line and support in attack.

"His influence on the club, supporters, coaching staff and players has seen the Dragons benefit and progress during 2011.

"At the age of 38 in 2012, Steve defies logic and will set new boundaries for what is possible for an elite athlete in rugby league."

Menzies, who was man of the match in the Dragons' win at Bradford last Saturday, has scored six tries in 16 appearances so far in his first season with the Catalans.

The man nicknamed "Beaver", who won the first of his 15 caps for the Kangaroos in 1994, spent 16 seasons with Manly Sea Eagles, where he made 349 appearances in the NRL and still holds the record as the most prolific tryscoring forward with 180 tries.

Menzies will become Super League's oldest ever player if he is still going strong next June.

Another Australian, Brad Davis, currently holds the record after making his comeback for Castleford in 2006 and he was 38 years six months when he finally hung up his boots at the endof that season.

"I am really exited to be staying at the Catalan Dragons," said Menzies. "I am really happy here.

"It has been a great season so far so to play for another year will be even better.

"I feel always young mentally so the big thing was physically and I know I can still compete next year at this level."

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