Catalans Dragons’ France international Thomas Bosc will bring his distinguished career to a close at the end of the season.

The 34-year-old utility back is the last link with the Dragons team that kicked off their Super League campaign in 2006 and will retire as a one-club player.

Bosc is the club’s most prolific scorer with 1,173 points from 221 Super League appearances – he is also the only Catalans man to reach the 1,000 mark – but he has been sidelined since May with a severe back injury.

Bosc said: “It’s a really hard decision to take but the time has come to say stop. This season has been really tough for me, being sidelined for months is hard to accept when you still want and love playing.

“I am very privileged to have played my whole career here and I am very honoured to have worn the Catalans jersey. I will retire as a one-club player which I am very proud of.

“I have played alongside so many great players, alongside friends and I have so many great memories with the club.

“I want to stay involved in the club, I’m really grateful for all it has given me and I’d love to give something back.”

Catalans chairman Bernard Guasch led the tributes to Bosc, saying: “Thomas will remain among the legendary players of the Catalans Dragons.

“He had a tremendous career, one of the greatest in French rugby league history. He is the last player who was here at the beginning and who remained loyal to the club.

“His qualities as a player and as a man allow him to gain the respect of everyone in the Super League.

“He is an exemplary player on and off the field, who has always given his best for the club, and he must remain a model for all.

“I want now to keep him at the club as he could continue to share his experience and his values.

“The entire club wish him all the best in the future and we thank him for his invaluable contribution to the Catalans Dragons.”