The three-quarter center Matthieu Laguerre (23) has just signed a new contract which now binds him with the Dracs until the end of the 2024 season. A first strong sign while waiting for other extensions among young French people and after the announcement of the departures of Sam Kasiano and Gil Dudson for Warrington.
Revelation of the 2021 season with its nine match sheets for six tries, the three-quarters has already scored as many this season, after only six games. His interception of 90 meters made on Saturday at Hull KR even places him on the scorers’ podium this season, behind Fouad Yaha and Mitchell Pearce.
The Marseillais, passed by the pole hopes of Salon-de-Provence signed his first contract with the Dragons in July 2020. Two years later, the player confirmed the hopes placed in him. From the top of his 1.93 m, this tall shy “take advantage of the opportunities offered”? to take play time.
Injuries to the two starters in the center (Dean Whare and Samisoni Langi) put him in the squad and under competition from Arthur Romano and Tyrone May. Physical player, Matthieu Laguerre must now free himself from his chains. Offensively, the three-quarter does not yet dare to play the shots alongside Fouad Yaha on the left of the Dracs attack. His profile allows him to resist defensively, but only the accumulation of playing time will allow him to assert himself. The announcement of his signature, which follows those of Mike McMeeken and Sam Tomkins, is very good news, as should be the number that will be assigned to him in 2023. After 1 for Arthur Mourgue, Matthieu Laguerre must evolve with 3 or 4 in the back next season.
In the meantime, the player is delighted with the agreement reached “logically”for the club “who gave him his chance”. Matthieu Laguerre also measures “the room for improvement, which is still enormous. But I know that it is this group that will allow me to achieve my goals..
Saturday in Hull KR, he burst the screen in the center of the attack, with 196 meters won with the eighteen balls he had to carry, including the interception of 90 meters. This is his record this season. “He is one of the young people we count on and he confirms every weekend”, reacted his coach Steve McNamara who launched him into the deep end of the Super League on March 27, 2021 and who still expects a lot of his player. Matthieu Laguerre learns with each of his outings and it is confidence that will allow him to push his limits. By ensuring his next two seasons in blood and gold, the player can calmly concentrate on his second part of the season where he will play his place every weekend.