LOUIS Anderson loves his French lifestyle but he will always look back fondly on his four years in Warrington, writes Steve Brady (Catalanmedia.com).

The former Wolves ace is preparing with his Catalan teammates to face the primrose and blue at Stade Gilbert Brutus on Saturday.

But while it’s a crucial two points at stake for both sides, Anderson admits to still having a soft spot for the town where he and his wife first settled.

“It’s always special when we play Warrington," said the 32-year-old forward.

"I had such a good time in my four years there. We had some success with Challenge Cups and the league leaders shield.

“We loved living there, it’s where my family started, we had our first child there and then we came away with three! I definitely have great memories of being at Warrington and enjoyed being at the club.”

Anderson keeps an eye on results: “Obviously they had a bad year last year but they’ve done pretty well in recent seasons. They’ve been to a couple of Grand Finals and won three Challenge Cups.

“They have been competing with the top clubs, but obviously last year was a bit of a challenge finishing in the bottom four.”

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Louis Anderson, centre, in training with Catalans Dragons today. Picture: Steve Brady, Catalanmedia.com

Despite last term and an indifferent start so far this season, Anderson fully believes Warrington have all the credentials to finally make it “their year”.

He said: “They’ve got great facilities, good backing, good sponsors and a great community behind them. I hope to see them finally come good and finish the job at Old Trafford one day.”

Anderson spent three of his four years under Tony Smith and added: “I found Tony Smith very good, he brought good energy to the group.

“I don’t know Steve Price very well but if he’s spent time with Wayne Bennett then he’s going to learn a lot of good things.

"Everyone knows Wayne Bennett is a master of the game and I’m sure the new coach will take some of the things he’s learnt to Warrington.”

Anderson has settled happily to life in the south of France.

A popular character among the Dragons, he speaks fluent French and is renowned for his singing skills in the ancient Catalan language!

His contract is up at the end of this season but he hasn’t thought too hard about the future.

“I’m very happy here, this is my seventh season at Catalans," he said.

"It’s a good place to live, my family’s settled, all my kids are at school here.

“I think the club has great potential. Steve (McNamara – Dragons coach) has brought a lot of positive energy since he’s been here.

"I was really excited to be able to work with him because I knew he’d have some good things to bring here.

“I haven’t thought about next year – if I can continue to play good footy and the body feels good then the future will take care of itself.”

The immediate future is Catalans Dragons versus Warrington Wolves in Perpignan on Saturday.

The weather forecast is unusually cool and cloudy. The action should be red hot.