This story first appeared in Monday’s League Express. To make sure you get the hottest Rugby League news first each and every Monday, check out our deals to read the magazine online.
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have pulled off an impressive transfer coup with the signing of Salford Red Devils winger Mason Caton-Brown for 2017.
Caton-Brown, who is out of contract at the AJ Bell Stadium at the end of this season, has opted to move across the Pennines and join up with Trinity after agreeing a contract with Chris Chester’s side, League Express can reveal.
With Salford still not sure what division they will be playing in next season, Caton-Brown has agreed a contract at Belle Vue, where he will be looking to continue his impressive late-season form.
The former London Broncos winger had played just once in the opening five months of the season, but has since flourished in Ian Watson’s side, holding down a spot at the expense of NRL import Daniel Vidot. The 23-year-old has scored eleven tries in his last five games, including another during the defeat to Hull Kingston Rovers on Friday night – a result that leaves the Red Devils with just two points from their first three games.
Despite playing in a Salford side that has lost two of their three Qualifiers games so far, the former London winger has become a pivotal part of Watson’s team as they look to secure Super League survival. League Express understands that the Red Devils were reluctant to commit themselves to offering a new contract without knowing whether they will retain their Super League place.
But the former London and Hemel flier was not prepared to wait before securing his own future. He will now head for pastures new next season, providing wing competition for the likes of Tom Johnstone at Belle Vue. Caton-Brown will join Keegan Hirst, the Batley Bulldogs captain, as a fellow new recruit at Trinity in 2017.