In 2023 he has been preparing for the Super League for a few months now. After signing Pillar Siosiua Taukeiaho, it was Wakefield English winger Tom Johnstone (26) who signed for two seasons. Information finally revealed by the Catalans Dragons and which we had already published in our columns at the beginning of May.
Author of ten games this season, Tom Johnstone comes out of two difficult seasons between concussions and an Achilles tendon injury (11 games in 2021 and 10 in 2022). Obviously, it is a new bet that the Catalan Dragons are trying as they could with Tom Davies, who arrived at the club in 2020 after a serious ankle operation. The club wants to have three Super League ends between Yaha, Davies and Johnstone. Considered by several specialists as one of the fastest players in the competition, this finalist has already chained 87 hits in 112 games under the colors of Wakefield. Recall that during his only selection with the XIII of England, Johnstone scored a hat-trick against the French team in Leigh.
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He was voted the best young player in the Super League in 2016, he was also nominated for the Dream Team in 2018. The player wanted to “Thanks to Steve McNamara for the opportunity to come to France. I liked the coach’s vision for this club and that’s what I aspire to. I know it will be perfect for me. My goal is to win the Grand Final of the Superliga and it would be amazing to do it and make history in Perpignan.I am very excited and grateful to the club for giving me the opportunity to play in a great club.It is easy to see the passion that the fans have and I hope to play with them next season “.he was quick to declare the player not playing since April 28 with Wakefield due to an adductor injury. “This player has speed, power and the ability to score dazzling tries. I know he has this desire to continue to develop his qualities. It will bring real depth and competition to the ends in 2023 “. Steve McNamara reacted.
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This second recruit (Taukeiaho and Johnstone) has yet to balance the recorded departures of Sam Kasiano, Gil Dudson (Warrington) and Joe Chan (Melbourne), knowing that several players have yet to extend their contract. Benjamin Jullien and Arthur Romano have not yet signed a new lease. So far, the club has announced that seven players have already signed a year or two into their contracts. Sam Tomkins, Mike McMeeken, Jordan Dezaria, Matthieu Laguerre, Fouad Yaha, Matt Whitley and Tyrone May will continue to be Dragons in 2023, as will Alrix Da Costa, Paul Séguier and César Rougé who, according to our information, have reached an agreement. Micky McIlorum would also like to give a final twist of blood and gold to his rich career.
Finally, as we revealed in our edition of Saturday July 2, the club is very close to getting the services of the second line of Hull FC Manu Ma’u (33 years) and the central three-quarter Samoan of the Huddersfield Giants. Ricky Leutele (32).
Five days before the Dragons ’magical weekend in Newcastle, the club formalizes the arrival of Tom Johnstone after taking care to warn the players upstream. The game is played this way and since 2006, the Catalans Dragons have learned to move forward between renewals and contracts in the middle of the seasons.
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