Frayssinous brings new ideas to Dragons

17 January 2013 21:29:19 GMTPlus10

New Catalans Dragons coach Laurent Frayssinous has wasted little time in putting his own stamp on the team since succeeding Trent Robinson in the position.

Robinson left the French side to take up a post with the Sydney Roosters at the end of the 2012 season and the Dragons took the decision to promote assistant Frayssinous in his place.

I will be building on what Trent achieved, although naturally I will be keen to bring my own ideas to the table.

Laurent Frayssinous

The Frenchman has been tasked with leading the club to its first ever piece of silverware, and turning strong performances during the regular rounds into success at the play-off stage.

"I will be building on what Trent achieved, although naturally I will be keen to bring my own ideas to the table. We have the makings of a good team here and we've already shown what we're capable of, but there's still an extra level we're yet to reach," said Frayssinous, who is a former France international player.

"I think defensively we really need to make improvements. We don't want to lose our attacking philosophy as it has served us well, but we do need to make one or two changes for when we don't have the ball. It'll help us win the big matches."

The Dragons will be without star halfback Scott Dureau for the opening weeks of the Super League season after the Australian underwent surgery to have a tumour behind his eye removed.

Frayssinous confirmed that Dureau will be fit enough to return this season, but emphasised that his biggest concern was the player's general health.

He added: "Footy is footy, but life is life, and my main priority at the moment is making sure that Scott is looked after. He's a great player when he's on the field, but things like that aren't important when somebody has undergone such a serious procedure."

Catalans are 1212/1 to win the Challenge Cup this year, 1/8 to finish in the top eight of Super League and 7/2 to clinch a top-four spot.

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