Khattabi named in Dragons squad
Younes Khattabi has been named by Head Coach Mick Potter in the Catalans Dragons 18-man squad for this Sunday�s match against Huddersfield.
The 21-year-old outside back, who signed a two-year contract with sister club Union Treiziste Catalan (UTC) on Wednesday after coming to the club on a three-month trial in April this year, hasn�t had to wait long for his first Super League opportunity.
Khattabi said: �It feels really good. To play Super League would be a whole new level for me. I have put in a lot of hard work over the last couple of months since I arrived and physically I have made a lot of progress working with Matt Adamson.
�If I am given the opportunity to play I will do my best not to let the coaching staff down.�
Meanwhile, former Australia Test centre Michael De Vere is set to play his 200th match.
It will be De Vere�s 30th game for the Giants, to go with the 170 appearances he made for Brisbane Broncos, and he admits he is enjoying himself again after major injury problems.
�Walking out for my 200th game will be special,� said the 29-year-old ace marksman.
�And I�m delighted that�s going to be achieved when I�m enjoying my footy again. Obviously, last year was a bit of a nightmare, with the knee injury and then my broken hand.
�But I�ve now got all my confidence back and there�s nothing better than playing in a team that�s going well, so it�s good to be a Giant right now.�
Huddersfield Giants v Catalans Dragons, Galpharm Stadium, Sunday June 11 2006
Huddersfield 18-man squad: Reilly, De Vere, Donlan, Paul, Crabtree, Drew, Gannon, Nero, Snitch, Wild, Jones, Jackson, March, Smith, McDonald, Raleigh, Gardner, Mason.
Catalans Dragons 18-man squad: Beattie, Berthezene, Casty, Chan, Fakir, Fellous, Frayssinous, Guigue, Hindmarsh, Hughes, Jones, Khattabi, Mounis, Murphy, Rinaldi, Rudder, Verges, Wilson.
Referee: K Kirkpatrick