Scott Dureau loyalty prompted Catalans Dragons return

Scott Dureau
Scott Dureau has made 10 appearances in the last three seasons

Australian playmaker Scott Dureau said his loyalty to Catalans Dragons persuaded him to continue playing after a string of health and injury setbacks.

Dureau, 28, missed a large part of the 2013 season after a tumour was removed from behind his eye, before a bicep tear stalled his progress in 2014.

He ended last year on loan with ex-Catalans coach Trent Robinson at Sydney Roosters before returning to Perpignan.

"It was always the plan to come back and I was glad I did," Dureau said.

"I'd had a pretty rough couple of years - I considered not playing at all.

"But I had a lot of conversations with people I trust back home at the Roosters and, in the end, I decided I wanted to keep playing and definitely with the Dragons where I was on contract," he added to BBC Sport.

The diagnosis of the eye tumour came after a successful 2012 season as Dureau's form won him a place in the Super League Dream Team, alongside team-mate Remi Casty, and helped the Dragons to a top-four finish.

His absence coincided with a change in coach, as Laurent Frayssinous replaced Robinson in October that year.

Several players, such as Clint Greenshields, Casty and Steve Menzies - who retired - left the club over the next two seasons as the Dragons failed to match their previous feats.

Scott Dureau
Scott Dureau (left) was given a chance to reflect on his future while on loan at the Roosters

Last season showed an improvement under Frayssinous as they reached the last four of the play-offs.

The winter recruitment for 2015 of Todd Carney and Willie Tonga as well as the return of Casty from the Roosters has again lifted hopes in Languedoc-Roussillon.

"We believe we've got a squad that can be competitive in the top four of the competition," Dureau added.

"If we get a bit of luck, we believe we can be right in it in the Challenge Cup and Super League this year.

"We've recruited well, with the things we're doing in training and the first couple of games it's really exciting.

"Everyone's got the belief, it's about us going out there and putting it on the park.