Catalans confirm signing of Matt Whitley

Catalans have announced the signing of Widnes back-rower Matt Whitley on a two-year deal.

It was confirmed last week that the 22-year-old will leave the Vikings following their relegation from Super League.

Whitley, who played over 100 games for Widnes, will tour Papua New Guinea with England Knights this autumn.

On his move to Perpignan, Whitley said: “I am thrilled to have signed for the Dragons and I am very much looking forward to getting to the club meeting the boys and really getting stuck into my new challenge.

“Having met Steve (McNamara), it is apparent that his goal is to win trophies and this is very much something I would like to do.”

Catalans coach Steve McNamara commented: “Matt is an exciting addition to our squad.

“He is young, ambitious and a player that is prepared to work hard to achieve success.

“He plays both back-row and centre and this adds more depth, quality and competition to our squad.”