Brian McDermott confirms Toronto’s signing of Kallum Watkins

Drew Darbyshire

Toronto coach Brian McDermott has confirmed the Wolfpack’s signing of Kallum Watkins.

The 29-year-old was granted a request by Gold Coast Titans for an immediate release so he could return to England to be by his father who has contracted coronavirus.

Watkins, who has earned 25 caps for England, captained Leeds under McDermott, who is now coaching Toronto in their maiden Super League season.

McDermott told The Canadian Press: “We’re just going through a bit of red tape with the RFL to be able to register him – but yeah, he’s signed.”

Watkins became one of the best centres Super League has seen in his 13 years at Leeds, scoring 132 tries in 256 games for the Rhinos.

He has scored 12 tries in 25 appearances for England and qualifies to play for Jamaica due to family heritage.

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