Simon off to Wakefield

  • Last Updated: July 14 2014, 8:21 BST

Wakefield coach James Webster has used his French connection to make his second signing for 2015.

Mickael Simon (r): Will be on the move to Wakefield this winter
Mickael Simon (r): Will be on the move to Wakefield this winter

The Wildcats have secured the services of Catalan Dragons prop Mickael Simon, who was in the French team that reached the quarter-finals of the 2013 World Cup, on a two-year deal.

The 27-year old prop becomes Webster's second acquisition for next season following the signing of Hull KR centre Craig Hall.

"Mickael is a big, strong ball-carrier with a good engine and he will be able to play big minutes for us in the middle of the field," said Webster, who was assistant to France head coach Richard Agar at the World Cup.

"I know him well from my time with France at the World Cup and he has a very good knowledge of the game and will add something to the two props we've already secured for next year in Scott Anderson and Nick Scruton."

The 6ft 2in Simon, who has made 65 Super League appearances for the Dragons, will join the Wildcats for pre-season training in November.

"I need a new challenge and I want to play as many games as possible for Wakefield," said Simon, who has won 15 caps for France.

"I hope I can settle quickly in the team and the culture of the country. James is a very good coach and I enjoyed working with him at the World Cup.

"The start he has had as head coach is great for the club, the players and for James. I know that I will progress with the help of James and the other coaching staff.

"Hopefully I can bring my enthusiasm to the team and just do my job as a prop."