Mogg released by Dragons
Aussie stand-off to leave Perpignan club
By Rachel Griffiths. Last Updated: March 23, 2010 4:01pm
Mogg: Has departed Dragons
Veteran Australian stand-off Adam Mogg has been released by Catalans Dragons with 18 months left on his contract.
"I would like to thank the club and all its supporters for their support during my four years in France."
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The 32-year-old wants to return home for family reasons after admitting he is homesick in the south of France.
Former State of Origin player Mogg, who joined the Perpignan club in 2007, has reportedly been offered a new deal by his old club Canberra Raiders.
"I would like to thank the club and all its supporters for their support during my four years in France," said Mogg.
"I had a fantastic time in Perpignan and this experience will stay forever in my heart.
"My two kids were born in Perpignan and I met great French people in the whole region.
"I am very proud to have worn the Catalans Dragons colours and helped the club develop with young French kids playing now in Super League.
"Despite my early departure, I will be an ambassador of the club in Australia, searching for young Australian talents and giving some advice to the new club recruits in terms of French way of life."
Mogg has been a key player since his arrival at the Dragons and was included in the Super League Dream Team after his first year in Perpignan.
Canberra will no doubt increase their efforts to re-sign Mogg now the stand-off has become available.
"We heard on the grapevine that Adam hasn't been too happy over there so we have spoken to him," said Raiders chief executive Don Furner last week.
"It just comes down to whether we can work something out with Catalans. Hopefully we can come to some sort of arrangement."
Mogg's departure will come as a big blow for the injury-hit Dragons, who have lost six of their opening seven Super League encounters this season.
Coach Kevin Walters is looking to reinforce his threadbare squad and admitted an interest in Wakefield's Danny Brough last week, but the scrum-half looks likely to move to Huddersfield.