St Helens sign back-rower Whitley on two-year deal-ZoomTech News

Matt Whitley scored 35 tries in 103 appearances for Catalans Dragons

St Helens have signed back-rower Matt Whitley from Catalans Dragons on a two-year deal.

The 27-year-old scored 35 tries in 103 appearances throughout a five-year spell in France.

His remaining look for Catalans got here within the Grand Last defeat by Wigan on 14 October and he additionally performed within the 2021 remaining within the loss to St Helens.

“Saints know what it takes to win the massive video games and all the time are combating for silverware,” Whitley stated.

The Billinge-born ahead was a Saints supporter rising up and stated he was wanting ahead to returning to the realm.

“It appears like a full circle second, I spent a whole lot of my youthful enjoying days at Saints however needed to go elsewhere at 16, so to return again once more now, a extra established participant I am actually wanting ahead to it,” he added.

Whitley says he will probably be aiming to assist the membership earn one other Tremendous League title in 2024 after their run of 4 titles in a row was ended by Wigan.

“I’ve made it to 2 Grand Finals now however misplaced each, it isn’t a sense I need to preserve having – I need to get that win. It provides to the expertise and the starvation, and I will be working as arduous as ever to get that subsequent yr.”

Saints head coach Paul Wellens stated Whitley’s arrival would enhance competitors for locations.

“He has proven on the again finish of the yr with Catalans that he’s comfy competing in high-intensity video games and that’s what we’re all about right here. It is nice to have him on board,” he stated.

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