Dureau to return to NRL

Former Newcastle halfback Scott Dureau is headed back to the NRL after announcing his departure from English Super League club the Catalans Dragons.

The former Knights player, who turns 29 this month, has scored 694 points in 80 Super League appearances for the French club and was named in the league’s Dream Team in 2011 and 2012.

“After five years here, I’ve made a decision for me and my family to return home,” Dureau said on Thursday.

“It’s been a great five years with the Dragons but I think the time his right to go back to Australia and to the NRL.

“It has been a great experience in France and it is something I will never forget.

“I have made a lot great memories and I’ve made some lifelong friends.”

Catalans coach Laurent Frayssinous thanked Dureau for his contribution, saying he had been a pleasure to coach.

“He has always given his best to help the club, both on and off the field,” Frayssinous said.

“It is no coincidence that the team has reached the end-of-season play-offs in every season since he arrived at the club.”

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