UPDATED: Twitter’s Adam Hogan (@Addzy18) is at it again. When he’s not pranking me, he’s letting me know the comings and goings of Jets players, because that’s what he’s an expert at — and his latest is that Michael Oldfield has signed with the Catalans Dragons for 2014.
Google revealed several French websites but the following is the first that Google Translate recognised and it all but confirmed Hogan’s news.
According to Cotepo, which cited another website Sportchoc:
Winger replacing Sydney Roosters, Michael Oldfield agreed to finalize the Dragons who last details before the arrival of the player under contract to Sydney until the end of 2014.
Australian 23-year-old born in Manly, played three NRL games with the Sea Eagles in 2010, another 12 (6 trials) in 2011 and 9 (8 trials) in 2012, plus the World Club Challenge at Headingley in February against Leeds Rhinos, before moving this year with the Sydney Roosters reserve.
Clearly that’s a hideous translation — but it’s also fucking awesome. Among other things, the translation mentions:
A healthy body in a healthy mind, in 2013 he completed his second year of graduate business studies at Macquarie University. Peter O’Sullivan believes the recruiter Roosters: “It is very adroit in the candlelight and it is one of the swiftest players NRL”
The move makes sense for all parties considering the Dragons recently lost winger Damien Blanch, who was rumoured to have signed with the Roosters for next year but it seems that rumour was a misunderstanding.
Meanwhile the Roosters have been heavily recruiting talented young wingers such as Jonathon Reuben and Sio Siua Taukeiaho.
Oldfield only played the one game for the Roosters last year after coming over from Manly, but did score a try in that one. He might have been able to secure a few more games towards the end of the year when injuries to Anthony Minchiello and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck ruled them out for a few games each. So bad was the injury crisis towards the end of the year, Aidan
Guerra was forced into the centres versus the Rabbitohs in Round 26. However, Oldfield suffered a hammy injury which kept him out for eight games during that time and he didn’t get a run during the finals when all hands were back on deck.
If the French news is true, Oldfield leaves the NRL having played 25 games for 15 tries since debuting for the Sea Eagles back in 2010.