Speaking to Sky Sports on Tuesday, and avoiding any reference to the controversy, Folau said he was "super-excited" to be back in the game he grew up playing and looking forward to the challenge.
The French Super League club imposed a media blackout after announcing a week ago that the dual-code worldwide - banned by Rugby Australia last May over homophobic comments he made on social media - has signed a 12-month contract with them.
The vast majority of clubs, along with the Rugby Football League and Super League, have publicly stated their opposition to the signing and made a request for Guasch to attend what is a routine get-together but with the Folau signing set to come up under any other business.
Israel Folau says he is "grateful" to be playing Super League as his Catalans Dragons head coach admits they knew the signing would be "controversial".
Dragons chairman Bernard Guasch has said they wanted to give Folau a "new opportunity" but the club did not share the player's religious beliefs.
"An opportunity arose as one of our overseas players in Brayden Wiliame left our club and went to go back to play in the NRL".
"We looked in France and England and overseas, in the southern hemisphere both in rugby league and rugby union". "It's been 10 years since I last played league and I'm grateful for the opportunity to be part of a great organisation and a great team in Catalans". We went down the route of investigating a fair few players, Israel was on that list.
"From the first day being here you can see how professional the boys, the coaching staff and everyone involved are".
"I miss that team camaraderie, the team environment and being around your team mates and being able to train with your team". "The culture is incredible and we're looking forward to, as the year goes on, to learn to speak the language and embrace the people here and how awesome this place is".
The Guardian revealed last week how the Hull KR owner, Neil Hudgell, had sent a letter to fellow top-flight clubs warning the Dragons of legal action should the competition suffer significant financial losses as a result of Folau's return to rugby league.