Brian McDermott confirms Toronto’s signing of Kallum Watkins

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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6 Comments

  1. You make me laugh Toronto, you get special treatment from the RFL to keep you in super league and then buy this bloke love you to show me your salary cap , never mind you’ll get away with it .

    • Give your head a bang, be happy for the lad come home to look after his family, and manage to get another job from someone who knows his class and a good bloke .. Sonny bills pay cut properly paid his wages and in time like this people come together.. Well done RFL, as long as our game keeps going who really cares every team been a bit sneaky now and then!! But to say the lads come home for family health reason and your being a twat, your not a tru lover of the game.. Well done toronto!!!

    • There is no salary cap as such for Toronto.
      It’s based on many factors and seeing as SL clubs greed denied them central funds to share amongst themselves then all I see is crocodile tears from people who don’t understand the system.

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