New coach McNamara keen to get the best of Catalans' potential


Catalans Dragons have "huge potential" to challenge in the Super League, according to new head coach Steve McNamara.

The former England coach was named as Catalans' new boss on Monday on a two-and-a-half-year contract, replacing Laurent Frayssinous, who left in May.

McNamara was released by New Zealand Warriors from his role as assistant to enable him to return to Super League, and he faces a big challenge to get Catalans into the Super 8s.

The Dragons are ninth after 18 games, but trail eighth-placed Wigan Warriors by three points.

And their poor run of one win in eight suggests turning their fortunes around will not be easy, but McNamara is confident they have the quality to do so.

"I am honoured to be appointed as the head coach of the Catalans Dragons," he told the club's official website.

"The club has a huge potential and I look forward to working closely with the current group of staff and players, helping the team to improve in all areas of our performance and organisation."

Catalans chairman Bernard Guasch is convinced McNamara is the right man to turn his side's fortunes around.

"The signing of Steve McNamara is a great news for our club," he said. "My wish was to find an English coach, recognised and respected in his country and in this competition and the choice of Steve, the former England coach, was the best in my opinion. 

"He expressed his desire to come in France to lead the Dragons and we were lucky that he was available immediately. 

"I hope he will help the team to earn confidence and ambition in this difficult period."