CATALANS DRAGONS have been swamped by applications from people who want to drive their matchday radio controlled car.
English fans have even said they would do it!
The Super League side advertised for three people to take control of the vehicle, which brings out the kicking tee, for the forthcoming season.
And even though the position is voluntary, the French outfit has had dozens of people put their names forward for the job.
Catalans insist applicants must be 16-years-old or over, with the benefit being a free ticket for matches at the Stade Gilbert Brutus.
But the response has surprised everyone at last season's Grand Final losers.
The majority of applicants are from the Perpignan area, where they are based but that has not stopped some supporters on these shores trying their luck.
A Catalans spokesman told SunSport: "We have received hundreds of applications.
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"The majority come from the local area but we've had many English fans asking if we would cover the cost for the flights and offer accommodation for them to do it!"
Radio controlled cars have been used at French sports grounds for years and have even brought out the match ball for international matches.
However, as yet they have not been adopted here.
As things stand, flying over to control a radio controlled car would not qualify for the essential work reason to enter France.
However, the Government is likely to ease regulations, meaning it would be easier for Catalans and Toulouse to travel for matches and English sides to play across the Channel.
Both clubs are likely to revert to using commercial flights after chartering jets last season at a cost approaching £50,000 a time.
Dragons boss Steve McNamara was open to the idea of sticking with that plan after guiding his side to Old Trafford for the first time.
However, finances and a fixture list that prevents them sharing with Toulouse have dictated it is back to the old way of jetting in.
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