Super League objective, uncertain finances… Toulouse Olympique approaches the new season between ambitions and doubts

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In the premises of the Shipping from the southOn Tuesday, January 24, the treiziste club presented the 2023 season, in which it will play in the Championship, the second European division. Nineteen players will make up the squad, Harrison Hansen being promoted to captain. The goal is to return to the Super League, the continental elite that Toulouse knew last season before being relegated. There is a financial deficit to be made up.

The Championship officially starts its season on February 4. Coach Sylvain Houlès’ men travel to Barrow. But before this start, the members of the Toulouse Olympique executive committee, President Bernard Sarrazain and General Manager Cédric Garcia (accompanied by the coach) were in the morning of Tuesday, January 24, at the Toulouse headquarters Shipping from the south to set goals for the 2023 season.

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Relegated to the Championship in the off-season, the Olympians are aiming for the next exercise, joining the Super League. A goal that Featherstone is also thinking about, the big favorite of the event.

For example, 2023 will be completely different from the 2022 financial year, Toulouse has reduced its workforce and is starting a reconstruction. Discovery.

Staff > The recruits, the group

Out of season, the Scottish whore, Calum Gahanthe english opener, Jack Schorrocksthe scrum half or opener, Joshua Ralphthe mainstay of New Zealand origin, Sitalaki Akauolathe international center of the Cook Islands, Ruben Rennie joined Toulouse Olympique.

In addition to these five recruits, the group will be composed as follows: Olly Ashall-Bott, Latrell Schaumkel, Mathieu Jussaume, Lambert Belmas, Harrison Hansen, Maxime Stefani, Dominique Peyroux, Anthony Marion, Eloi Pélissier, Joseph Bretherton, Hugo Pezet, Guy Armitage, Benjamin The war.

Nineteen players thus form the professional group. This season, Sylvain Houlès and his staff will also call on the elite reserve group and the junior team. the Provencal opener passed by Saint-Estève XIII Catalan (3 match sheets with the Catalan Dragons), Robin Brochon, the second line, Pierre Jean-Lima, pillar Dimitri Biscarro are serious contenders within the pennant team.

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Captain > Harrison Hansen

An experienced player with a sparkling record, the Samoan international pillar will be the next captain of Olympic Toulouse, whose jersey he has worn since the 2020 season. He has the full confidence of Sylvain Houles, a connecting player who wants to put Olympic Toulouse back on the road to the Super League.

Budget > A shortage to make up for

On the sporting front, Toulouse Olympique seems to have weathered the descent well. On the other hand, the financial component shows a deficit. The Super League experience was precious.

At the end of last season, the club had a deficit of almost 500,000 euros. With the implementation of a capital increase, the shortfall is now just under 200,000 euros.

President Sarrazain wanted to reassure him about the specter of bankruptcy during the press conference. On March 31, the club must present the budget to the RFL. The shortfall would then be made up.

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The president of Toulouse even added: “I will leave the club when all the problems are solved.” And to clarify: “A new direction will take the club and I will be there to support them.”

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