Tony Gigot: “Never give up”
If one quote could sum up Tony Gigot’s career in three words it would be: “Never give up”. From his start in Avignon, to his early blooming among the Catalans Dragons, Tony also went to London before heading back to Avignon and eventually experienced a sacred seasons in Perpignan. All in all, Tony’s career is diverse and shows great determination. Tenacity and determination lead him to gain a foothold as one of the best French rugby league players of those past few years and to become the first French player in history to win the Lance Todd trophy.
At his debut as an agent, Maxence finds out about Tony while the latter replaces a friend in the PARC’s squad (today Provence Rugby).
Following a meeting with Thierry Dumaine and Patrice Rodriguez (former manager of the French national rugby league team), the latter told him about Tony’s potential and journey. Maxence then decided to get in touch with him in order to find him a new challenge (Tony had only just put an end to his contract with London Broncos at the time).
At the same time, Maxence obtained his licence to work as an rugby league agent, allowing him to set up different options among PRO D2 and Super League.
“I remember one PRO D2’s coach observation who asked why wouldn’t Tony play with the Catalans Dragons if he was such a good player.” – Maxence. Two weeks after having established several options in England and after numerous meetings with the Dragons in Perpignan, both parties agreed on a 6-month contract.
From his very first official Super League match, he scored three tries, which lead him promptly to sign a two-year extension with an important upgrading.
Following a lapse of time away from the grass, Tony came back for good in February 2018, more mature, harden and even more determined. The undisputed king of drop can turn a situation upside down at any time, just like he did during the game versus Hull FC back in April 2018, during which he lead his team to win at the very last moments of the match. At the end of a remarkable season, the Catalan Dragons became the first French team to with the Challenge Cup, as well as Tony became the first French player to win the Lance Todd trophy. He also was named best player of the year by the newspapers L’Indépendant during the club’s end of season gala.
“Magics”, as he’s named, behind a slight casualness, is a righteous man, persistent and gifted with an exceptional gesture. After years of collaboration. he became one of ACTIVrep’s ambassadors.
How would you qualify your relationship with Maxence and how did it help you?
Maxence and I have a great relationship. He’s always supported me in the good as well not so good times. I really appreciate what he does for me because beyond being my agent, he’s been by my side.
You already have a long and diverse career behind you. When do you think your collaboration with Maxence has been decisive for your career to go in the right direction?
I used to play professional rugby league in the UK before beginning this collaboration. Then I left and we started working together with the objective to integrate the French championship. Maxence committed himself to find a Super League club for me, which he did, and he never let me down during my suspension. From the very beginning and still now, he’s always done his best to support me.
You established yourself as one of the best French rugby league player of these past few years, you are the first one to win the Lance Todd trophy, and you won the Challenge Cup with your team. What are your objectives with the Dragons for season 2018/19 ?
My objective are to play as many games as possible to the best of my ability, and to win a title. This is objective team-wise. I personally want to be more as performing and constant as possible weekend after weekend.