Australia forward Greg Bird keen for Super League return

Last Updated: 27/11/13 9:14am

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Greg Bird has been a key figure in Australia's run to the World Cup final

Greg Bird has been a key figure in Australia's run to the World Cup final

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Australia forward Greg Bird has revealed he would like to end his career back in Super League.

The second rower, who is likely to play for his country in this Saturday's World Cup final against New Zealand, currently plays for Gold Coast Titans in the National Rugby League.

The 29-year-old spent a season in Super League with Catalan Dragons in 2009, moving to the Perpignan-based club after he was released by Cronulla Sharks.

At the time, Bird was awaiting a court case for an alleged assault on his girlfriend, which he was later acquitted of following an appeal.

"I'd like to think I could go and give something back to them after my stint at the Titans."
Greg Bird

And he credits his time in France, which saw him appointed Dragons captain, as a key factor in rejuvenating his love for the game.

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"I had a few dramas going on back in Australia and I needed to get away," he said.

"Coming over to France, especially living on the beach in Canet, and getting back to playing football and enjoying life, it was a great experience.

"I loved it over here and I'd definitely think about coming back in a couple of years' time. The people down in Catalan are all great people.

"A lot of those guys have moved on but the core of the club is still there and I'd like to think I could go and give something back to them after my stint at the Titans.

"I was hoping to have an opportunity to see them whilst over here but we ended up on opposite sides of the draw (to France) but I actually spoke to their football manager Christophe (Jouffet) after the America game.

"It was good to see him and say 'hello'. I told him to ask me in four years' time, I'd be happy to come over and join the ranks again."

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