12th December 2020, 09:53 | catalans
Catalans Dragons have announced the acquisition of Mike McMeeken on a two-year deal from fellow Betfred Super League side Castleford Tigers.
McMeeken’s career began with London Broncos before a move to Wheldon Road in 2015. A successful 2017 saw the second-rower feature in the Betfred Super League Grand Final, get named in the Super League Dream Team and earn International honours with England being a member of their 2017 Rugby League World Cup squad.
On the move, Mike McMeeken said: “I’m delighted to be joining this great club with such passionate fans.
“I have played at the Stade Gilbert Brutus a few times now, so I’ve seen what a great atmosphere the fans make. It’ll be great to run out in front of them as a home player.
“Steve explained to me that the club want to recreate the 2018 Challenge Cup success with more silverware and it’s something I definitely want to be a part of.
“Considering the conditions this season, I thought the lads were unlucky to not get further than they did but hopefully we can get some silverware in the coming seasons.
“I’m looking forward to getting started in the coming weeks.”
Catalans Head Coach, Steve McNamara, added: “Michael is a high-quality signing for the club.
“His sheer size and athleticism combined with his ability to be an 80-minute player make him quite unique and he suits the modern game.
“At the age of 26 he is coming into his prime years. I am excited with the qualities that he will bring to the team.”