New Dragons deal for Frayssinous
Catalan Dragons have demonstrated their faith in head coach Laurent Frayssinous by handing him a new two-year contract.
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The 37-year-old former player, who became the Super League club's first French head coach when he was appointed at the end of the 2012 season, was under pressure earlier this year after his side lost their opening five matches, but they surged up the table with eight wins from their last 11 games.
Frayssinous said: "I'm delighted to have extended my stay with the club and honoured to have the support and the confidence of the board.
"I'm really looking forward to growing and developing the club, which is going in the right direction.
"We have some very exciting prospects in the squad and the launch of our academy team is an excellent opportunity for our junior products who are coming through, and I'm excited to work with them in the next two seasons."
Frayssinous, a former France international, was at full-back in the Dragons' first ever Super League match in 2006, kicking five goals and scoring a try in their 38-30 win over Wigan, and joined the coaching staff after hanging up his boots in 2007.
He worked under Australians Mick Potter, Kevin Walters and Trent Robinson before gaining his promotion.
Catalan chairman Bernard Guasch said: "I'm really happy to keep Laurent at the club for the next two seasons. He always had our support during the last two seasons and, with the experience he gained, I'm sure he will continue to build and develop the team."
The Perpignan club are also retaining former player Sebastien Raguin as football manager.
The former international forward played for the Catalans from 2007 to 2012, when he joined the backroom staff, although he continued to play for the club's feeder club and represented France in the 2013 World Cup.
"I'm delighted to stay here and I would like to thank the club for their support," Raguin said. "I'm now looking forward to continue helping the club to develop and improve."