Lucas Dupont arrived at FC Grenoble in 2006, from AL Échirolles (his first rugby club) …and he’s not gone yet. At the end of the contract next June, the 31-year-old Isère winger is extending his contract with the Rouge et Bleu, in the form of a new 1+1 lease: one year of firm contract and a second as an option.
An extension which was not self-evident before Christmas because Dupont, bothered by several injuries (ankle and arch of the foot), had only played three games during the first leg of the 2021-2022 championship (including a try). And he had not (yet) received an extension offer from his club.
Black in 2021, competitive again in 2022
Finally becoming competitive again in January, the Isérois winger with the profile of a puncher (1.78 m, 85 kg) has chained the matches since (four times holder), he even girded his arm with the captain’s armband to end up signing a contract extension at the club of his heart.
“I thank the club for the trust that has placed in me. There is the personal satisfaction of continuing to do what I love in the club that I love, ”reacted the player on the FCG website. “But all of this will only make sense if we maintain it at the end of the season. »
Gengenbacher: “He carries the identity of the club”
Even if the future of the Grenoble club (current 13th in Pro D2 and threatened with relegation at the end of the season) remains uncertain, its manager Fabien Gengenbacher appreciates the profile of Dupont, of which he was a partner on the ground. “Lucas is an emblematic FCG player, he carries the identity of the club. He is a winger who has mastered the basics of his position and who always gives everything he has on the pitch with an above average level of activity. »
With his long experience of high-level rugby (97 Pro D2 matches, 82 Top 14 matches and 19 European cup matches, including 6 in the H’Cup), Dupont will start a twelfth season in Pro next year. D2. He who has only been unfaithful to his training club, with a two-year break in Montpellier (2013-2015, in Top 14).
He is the second winger to re-sign with the Rouge et Bleu, after Karim Qadiri (until 2025) last December.
And he is the second player in two days to sign with the FCG for 2022-2023, after Australian center Terrence Hepetema (London Irish, ENG) Monday.