Catalans Dragons have announced the signing of second rower Mike McMeeken from Castleford Tigers on a two-year deal.
The England international is Steve McNamara’s first signing for the 2021 season.
He started his professional career at the London Broncos, making his senior debut in 2012 before joining Castleford in 2015 where he has developed into one of the best back rowers in the competition.
McMeeken has scored 40 tries in 176 games in his career.
Reacting to the news, he said: “I’m delighted to be joining this great club with such passionate fans. I have played at the Stade Gilbert Brutus a few times now, so I’ve seen what a great atmosphere the fans make.
“It’ll be great to run out in front of them as a home player. Steve explained to me that the club want to re create the 2018 Challenge Cup success with more silverware and it’s something I definitely want to be a part of.
” Considering the conditions this season, I thought the lads were unlucky not to get further then they did but hopefully we can get some silverware in the coming seasons. I’m looking forward to getting started in the coming weeks.”
McNamara added: “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.”