Casty to make NRL switch
Catalans Dragons captain Remi Casty has signed a two-year contract with NRL side Sydney Roosters.
The Dragons have agreed to release the prop at the end of the season to enable him to link up with former coach Trent Robinson, who moved to the Roosters at the end of last year.
France international Casty, 28, has made 155 appearances in Super League since making his debut for the Dragons in 2006 and was named in the 2012 Dream Team.
"It's my career achievement," Casty said. "It's something I've always wanted to do since I started playing rugby.
"I've spent eight wonderful seasons at the Catalans Dragons, I'm very proud to have worn this jersey and I really want to thank the club to allow me to take this opportunity."
Catalan chairman Bernard Guasch said: "It's obviously a big loss for our club, but it's a great opportunity for Remi to play alongside the best players in the world.
"I was aware of the negotiations from the beginning. We have always worked seamlessly with Remi.
"He told us he will come back at the club after his NRL experience. He is a great leader, he will come back stronger and will share his experience with the young forwards coming through at the club."
Casty, who is expected to be a cornerstone of France's team for the end-of-year World Cup, will join England internationals Lee Mossop and Gareth Hock in the NRL in 2014.
James Graham and Sam Burgess are currently enjoying major success with Canterbury and Souths respectively, emulating the previous deeds of two other England team-mates, Adrian Morley and Gareth Ellis.
"It is a great recognition of the work done by our club," said Catalan chief executive Christophe Jouffret.
"By recruiting our head coach, conditioner and now our player, it's proof of the quality of the work done by the members of the club, who have been able to improve and develop the staff and players."