Catalans snap up Kenny Edwards

Drew Darbyshire

Catalans Dragons have signed back-rower Kenny Edwards with immediate effect on a deal until the end of the 2019 season.

The 28-year-old has signed a one-and-a-half-year deal with the Dragons, despite there being interest from Hull Kingston Rovers and Salford Red Devils.

Edwards was sacked by Parramatta Eels earlier this month due to off-field incidents. He made 70 appearances for the Eels after making his NRL debut in 2013.

The New Zealander is looking forward to living in Perpignan.

He said: “Me and my family are really excited and looking forward to this new challenge in the South of France.

“I want to come out there and be the best I can be every day and help the team to win the club’s first trophy.”

Catalans coach Steve McNamara thinks Edwards will add a lot to the team.

He said: “Signing a player of Kenny’s ability at this stage of the season is a big boost to our current squad.

“He is the type of player that will add something different from an attacking perspective and a player who plays with huge enthusiasm and energy. We look forward to welcoming him and his family to the Dragons.”

Dragons chief executive Christophe Jouffret is delighted to welcome Edwards to the Stade Gilbert Brutus.

He said: “We are delighted to have found an agreement with Kenny and his agent Chris Orr, with three other clubs in the race at the Magic Weekend to sign this explosive player.

“He will add quality to our pack while were are aiming a top-eight spot.”