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England star reveals why he made transfer move to Super League rivals

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The much-reported and rumoured signing of Tom Johnstone by Wakefield Trinity has now been confirmed with the Trin building an impressive team ahead of their expected return to Super League.

For Johnstone, it marks the end of his two-year stint in the South of France with Catalans Dragons. During that time he has made it to Old Trafford and his incredible form in 2023 saw him be a Man of Steel nominee and earn an England recall.

Johnstone becomes Trinity’s second acquisition from the French side with fellow England international Mike McMeeken also penning a long-term deal. Both men have been contracted to the club until the end of the 2028 season.

It marks a Trinity return for Johnstone whilst McMeeken reunites with his former Castleford Tigers’ coach in Daryl Powell. Both signings mark part of Trinity’s four-year plan, a period during which they aim to become a top-four Super League side, as revealed by Head of Recruitment Ste Mills.

He said: “I think a lot of what we wanted to do was build a team that’s going to be together for a number of years. Obviously, Mike’s coming on a four-year deal. All the coaching staff are on a four-year deal.

“For us, it’s about making sure that all the work we do is a long-term plan. It’s not a two or three-year project, this is a long-term plan to make sure we get the targets that we need.”

With Johnstone arriving for 2025, he has shared a similar message claiming that the club’s vision swayed his return.

“Building something special” – Tom Johnstone expecting Super League success at Wakefield Trinity

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Trinity confirmed the signing of Tom Johnstone last night with his arrival in 2025 being a clear sign of intent that Wakefield don’t want to stop at simply regaining their place in Super League, but instead are determined to become a contender in the competition.

That’s certainly the dream that has been sold to Johnstone who spoke as part of the club’s announcement of his signature.

“I’m delighted to be returning to Wakefield Trinity next year,” the 28-year-old stated.

“The club means a lot to me and I’ve been following everything over the past 12 months and since Matt took over the club. It’s incredibly exciting for everyone involved. I truly believe the club is building something special.”

It was revealed earlier in the week that Catalans Dragons had offered Johnstone a marquee contract with a “significant pay increase”, something that the Englishman declined in favour of a return to Trinity.

Johnstone explained: “When me and my wife decided we wanted to return home to England I spoke to Powelly, Matt and Millsy. I loved the ambition and the direction which the club are aiming for and knew that it was something I had to be a part of.

“I have a lot of brilliant memories over the years and I know how passionate the fans are. I’m hoping when I return I can help to create more and bring success to this proud and historic club.”

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