Wigan Warriors have announced the signing of French forward Romain Navarrete on a two-year contract.
Navarrete, who will join Wigan ahead of the 2017 season, made his Super League debut for Catalans in 2016, playing in 11 games in total. Formerly of Pia, Limoux and Hemel Stags, Navarrete finished off an excellent debut Super League season recently with selection into the France squad for the international against England in Avignon in October.
Wigan chairman, Ian Lenagan, said: “We have a strategy at Wigan to monitor young players and athletes from all corners of the game for exceptional potential and to bring in one or two each year to flourish and improve significantly here at Wigan. Recent examples include Dan Sarginson, Ben Flower, Anthony Gelling and John Bateman who were recruited to Wigan as young, inexperienced players and have developed into top quality international-standard players during their time at the club.
“We believe that Romain has the potential to do the same and to become an exceptional first-team player for Wigan.”
Head coach, Shaun Wane, said: “We’re very excited by what we’ve already seen of Romain. He runs the ball hard and is exactly the type of player that I like to have in our front row. He’s a robust prop forward and has shown a lot of maturity in his performances during this season for the Catalans, including his recent game against Wigan at the DW Stadium.”
Navarrete himself said: “I’m very happy to have signed for Wigan Warriors. As soon I knew that Wigan were interested, they were the only team that I wanted to sign for. To me, Wigan is the biggest club in Rugby League and it will be an honour to pull on the famous Cherry-and-White jersey next year. I look forward to working with Shaun Wane and the players at Wigan.”