Catalan Dragons pulled off another major coup yesterday with the signature of Wigan’s Ireland international hooker Michael Mcllorum, who was granted an early release form his contract with Wigan Warriors.
The 29 year old who has represented England in the past has recently been linked with a move to NRL side Canberra Raiders after playing a major role in Irelands success during the recent World Cup.
Mcllorum recently enjoyed his testimonial at the club having spent 10 years with Wigan’s first team. Since making his debut in 2007. During that time the tough tackling hooker has built a fearsome reputation whilst also being one of the main reasons the club has enjoyed such success winning four Super League titles and 2 Challenge cup, along with winning the World Club Challenge against NRL premiers Cronulla Sharks last Febuarary.
His former England coach Steve McNamara, who is know the head coach of Catalan Dragons was very positive about being the experienced Mcllorum to the south of France stating
“Whilst he is widely recognised as a very good defensive player, his contribution in attack during the recent World Cup for Ireland showed another side to his game.
“We are delighted that Michael has chosen to join us and, along with Paul Aiton and Alrix Da Costa, we now have real quality and depth in that department.”
In a double whammy to the Wigan fans the club also announced that fans favourite and former Cook Island International Anthony Gelling will also me leaving the DW Stadium with immediate effect after seeking an early release from his contract to return to his native New Zealand in order to be closer to his family and Girl friend and having approached the club several weeks ago the club have allowed him to leave following the signing of former England centre Dan Sarginson has a replacement.