Catalans confirm signing of Mike McMeeken

Catalans have confirmed the signing of England forward Mike McMeeken from Castleford.

The 26-year-old has agreed a two-year contract with the club and is head coach Steve McNamara’s first acquisition ahead of the 2021 season.

The back-rower has scored 40 tries in 176 games in a career that began with London Broncos before he moved to Castleford in 2015.

He enjoyed a standout year in 2017 when he earned a place in England’s World Cup squad and was named in the Super League Dream Team.

McNamara said: “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.”

McMeeken said: “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. I’m looking forward to getting started in the coming weeks.”

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