“My main goal is to win a Grand Final” – Why Tom Johnstone chose Catalans Dragons

Today has been one of the busiest days in the rugby league season.

Regan Grace, Jack Walker, Josh Simm, Ellis Longstaff and Jake Connor all on the move.

But one of the biggest announcements was final confirmation of Tom Johnstone’s move to Catalans Dragons.

The Wakefield Trinity winger has signed a two-year deal and will join last year’s Grand Finalists and League Leaders from Wakefield after a superb stint with the West Yorkshire club.

But why after years of potential suitors knocking on his door, why now has he chosen to leave picking Catalans Dragons when the likes of Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves and Leeds Rhinos have all pursued him.

Speaking to the Dragons website on the move, the England international explained what made him choose the French side: “Firstly I would to thank Steve McNamara for the opportunity to come here. Once I’d spoken to him and heard what the club are aspiring to achieve, I knew it was perfect fit for me.”

“My main goal is to win a Grand Final and it would be incredible to do that and create history here.”

“I am really excited and grateful for the opportunity to play for such a great club.”

“It’s easy to see the passion the fans have and I can’t wait to play for them next year.”

Catalans Dragons head coach Steve McNamara said: “We are very happy to add Tom to our squad for next season. He has blistering speed, power and try scoring ability whilst having a desire to continue to develop all parts of his game. He will bring depth and competition to our wing spots in 2023.”

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