Super League’s latest big signing was confirmed today.
It comes at the Catalans Dragons.
The French club started the season still wanting a prop and a centre after the departures of Dylan Napa, Dean Whare and Samisoni Langi. They have two quota spots open as consequence and it always seemed like if players in the pack and the centres become available they would bring them in but it is fair to say that they don’t appear as if they need it at the moment.
Nonetheless, reports emerged that they had made their move on Cronulla Sharks outside back Matt Ikuvalu.
According to Catalan Media, the centre is headed to Catalans immediately after being let go by the Sharks.
The club have now confirmed that an agreement has been reached.
This came after a slight delay over visas and fees and now there is a further delay with the signing only confirmed “in principle.”
This is because they still have one small problem to solve – medical tests.
Catalans made the following statement:
“Catalans Dragons can confirm that we have reached an agreement in principle with Cronulla Sharks for the transfer of Australian centre Matt Ikuvalu to the Club.
“The transfer remains subject to medical tests that the player will after his arrival at the beginning of next week in Perpignan.”
It’s an important signing not just for now but moving forward with the Dragons of course losing a key back in the shape of Sam Tomkins with the former England skipper retiring at the end of the season.