Toronto given green light to sign Kallum Watkins

Kallum Watkins is officially a Toronto Wolfpack player after the RFL approved his registration.

The Wolfpack were informed on Thursday afternoon that they were free to complete the signing of the centre after informing the RFL of their intent to sign the England international last month.

There had been a delay over his registration and some suggestions that the Wolfpack might be unable to get him under the salary cap.

Alongside the vast majority of other Super League clubs, Toronto implemented wage cuts following lockdown, meaning their costs were reduced significantly.

However, the salary cap is not worked out on actual cost. Instead, each player has a salary cap value, and despite the wage cuts, the value of their players remained the same.

But after investigating the viability of Toronto’s request to sign the former Leeds captain, they were deemed salary cap compliant and Watkins is now a member of the Wolfpack.

He arrives back in Super League after less than a year with NRL side Gold Coast Titans, who he joined after leaving Leeds Rhinos.

With the Rhinos, Watkins won six Grand Finals, two Challenge Cups and the World Club Challenge.

The 29-year-old will reunite with former Leeds coach Brian McDermott as he looks to get his career back on track.

A serious injury saw him is the majority of the 2018 season and he struggled to form upon his return last year.

He left the Titans for personal reasons after his farther contracted coronavirus, but now he has a new home.