Tom Johnstone Leaves Catalans Dragons for Wakefield Trinity: Rugby League News

Rugby League News: Tom Johnstone Departs Catalans Dragons for Wakefield Trinity

In a surprising move, the Catalans Dragons have confirmed that winger Tom Johnstone has turned down a lucrative “marquee” contract extension and will be leaving the French club at the end of the current season. The England international is expected to rejoin his former team, Wakefield Trinity, who are poised to become a Super League side in 2025 under the IMG grading system.

Despite being offered a significant pay increase and the prestigious “Marquee Player” status within the Dragons squad, Johnstone’s desire to return to England and be closer to his young family proved too strong to ignore. The club has expressed its respect for the player’s decision, acknowledging that they could not compete with the draw of family support and a homecoming to his former club.

“Johnstone’s desire to return to England and be closer to his young family proved too strong to ignore.”

Johnstone, who joined the Catalans in 2023, has enjoyed a remarkable stint with the French side, scoring 32 tries in 39 appearances and earning a spot in the Super League Dream Team during his debut season. He has also been recalled to the England national squad.

Speaking on his departure, Johnstone expressed his gratitude to the Catalans’ coaching staff, particularly head coach Steve McNamara and physiotherapist Matt Parr, for their support and belief in him during his time at the club. He also thanked the club’s owner, Bernard Guasch, and the passionate fans for welcoming him and his family to the “beautiful” Catalan region.

While Johnstone has not officially confirmed his next destination, it is widely expected that he will be joining Wakefield Trinity, where he previously played. This move could see the Yorkshire club assemble an impressive squad for the 2025 season, with fellow former Catalans star Mike McMeeken having already signed on to the project at Belle Vue.

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