27 Jul 2021

Baitieri to leave Dragons at end of 2021

Catalans Dragons can confirm Jason Baitieri will leave the club at the end of the 2021 season.          

Off-contract at the end of the season, he announced his decision to the club and will leave the Dragons after 11 seasons. 

He arrived at the club in 2011 from the Sydney Roosters. A natural leader, he quickly became a key player in the team and was appointed vice-captain during the 2014 season.

Baitieri, 32, made 252 appearances for the Dragons, the third-highest total behind Rémi Casty and Greg Mounis and was among the 17 players who lifted the first trophy of the club history at Wembley in 2018.
 
On leaving the club, Jason Baitieri explained: "After 11 seasons at the club, I can confim I will be leaving the Dragons at the end of the season. I would like to thank Bernard Guasch and the Dragons board of directors for their support and trust since I have arrived in the south of France. 

"I would also like to thank all my team mates past and present that I have had the pleasure to play alongside over the years as well as the coaches, staff and everyone involved in the administration side at the club for some unforgettable memories. Thank you to my partner Julie and my two daughters Laly and Alba for the love and patience they have given me to get to this point without them I wouldn’t be here today. 

"The season is not over, there is plenty of work still to be done to bring a trophy to Perpignan, we are working the best we can to put ourselves in the best position to do so. I would like to finish by thanking our loyal fans who keep coming to Brutus and England to support us no matter what, you guys have made it very special to play at Brutus and make it feel like home."

Bernard Guasch, Catalans Dragons chairman said: "Jason is one of these players who has marked the club history. Only a few player served the club as he did over the last 10 years. He had a superb career and I congratulate him for all what he has achieved. I wish him the best for the future."

Steve McNamara, Catalans Dragons Head Coach added: "Jason has given outstanding service to the the club over more than 250 games. He has contributed immensely to the progression of the club from its infancy to its current position and he will be missed by us all. We respect his decision and wish him and his family well with their future plans."

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