Marquee Winger Leaves Catalans Dragons for Homecoming to Wakefield Trinity

Prominent winger Tom Johnstone is leaving the Catalans Dragons at the end of the current season, declining a ‘marquee’ contract offer from the French club. The 27-year-old England international is set to return to his former club, Wakefield Trinity, as they prepare for the 2025 Super League under the new IMG grading system.

Catalans Dragons Winger Tom Johnstone Declines Contract Extension, Set to Return to England

On Wednesday, the Catalans Dragons confirmed that winger Tom Johnstone has declined a ‘marquee’ contract offer, opting instead to leave the French club at the end of the current season. It has been widely reported that the England international Johnstone will be returning to his former club, Wakefield Trinity, who are expected to compete in the 2025 Super League under the IMG grading system.

The Dragons’ press release stated that despite being offered a contract extension with “marquee player status” and a “significant pay increase,” Johnstone’s desire to take his young family back to England and have the support of his relatives was a factor the club could not overcome. Johnstone joined the Catalans in 2023 and has since scored 32 tries in 39 appearances, earning a spot in the Super League Dream Team during his debut season. He was also recalled to the England squad that same year.

“I’d like to thank the head coach Steve McNamara and performance coach Matt Parr for their trust and support, which I believe allowed me to play and perform at such a high level. I’d also like to thank the club president, Bernard Guasch, the staff, and the passionate fans. The atmosphere at the Brutus stadium, particularly during the 2023 semi-final match, was incredible.”

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While Johnstone did not confirm his next destination, he made it clear that he will be returning to an English club, with Wakefield Trinity being the anticipated destination. The 27-year-old winger stated that the decision to leave the Catalans was the “right time” for him and his family to return home, but he is determined to end his tenure at the club on a high note by helping them win the competition they and their supporters deserve.

The potential arrival of Johnstone at Wakefield Trinity could boost the club’s prospects for the 2025 Super League season, as they have already secured the services of fellow Catalans star Mike McMeeken as part of their ambitious project at Belle Vue.

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