Toronto Wolfpack have completed the exciting signing of Wakefield Trinity outside back Mason Caton-Brown for the remainder of the 2018 season.
Caton-Brown put pen to paper on a deal last week to run with the Pack on a permanent basis until the end of the season, with the move confirmed by the RFL today. He will link up with his new team mates just in time to bolster the Championship League Leaders’ squad ahead of their all important postseason ‘Super 8s The Qualifiers’ campaign.
The signing not only adds undoubted quality and Super League experience to the Wolfpack ranks, but appears a good fit for rugby league’s newest club, as Caton-Brown is a real success story of the expansion of the sport.
Caton-Brown is originally from Enfield in London and came into rugby league through fellow expansionist club and Championship rivals London Broncos.
The former England Students international impressed on dual registration at Hemel Stags in League 1 back in 2013 enough to earn a call up to the Broncos senior side, and made a try scoring Super League debut against Bradford Bulls at the age of 20.
Blessed with brilliant balance and devastating speed, the London youngster spent over a year at the top level in the UK’s capital before attracting attention from other Super League clubs, as one of the most exciting home grown prospects in the sport.
He signed for Salford mid-way through 2014 and continued his notable try scoring feats, with an impressive 25 tries in 37 appearances for the Red Devils.
Ahead of the 2017 season, Caton-Brown switched Salford for Wakefield and has played an integral part in the emergence of Trinity as a top four contender in Super League.
Now, the pacey and elusive 25 year old swaps West Yorkshire for North America in a bid to aid the Wolfpack’s push for Super League promotion and comes as a timely acquisition, in light of some unfortunate injuries in the three quarter line for Toronto in recent weeks.
Wolfpack Head Coach Paul Rowley was delighted to bring Caton-Brown to the club at such an important stage of the year. He said:
“With the injuries received to Greg Worthington and Adam Higson, it has left us short on outside backs at a crucial point in the season.
“We have been keen on Mason for long parts of the season and to be able to bring in someone of his experience is a fantastic coup in such a short space of time. We’ve reacted quickly but we’re delighted with the acquisition.”
Caton-Brown admitted his excitement at joining the Pack and couldn’t wait to tackle the challenge of the Qualifiers head on with his new teammates. He said:
“I’m really looking forward to meeting all the players and staff and I can’t wait to get stuck in to training and playing at Lamport Stadium, I’ve heard nothing but good things about the fans and the atmosphere over there.
“The 8s are going to be an awesome challenge. From the results the team have achieved throughout this year there’ll be a lot of confidence going into these huge games and to be involved in gaining promotion would be a special achievement.
Toronto Wolfpack UK Business Development Manager Martin Vickers expressed his and the Wolfpack’s appreciation to Wakefield for helping facilitate the move so quickly. He added:
“Our thanks go to Michael Carter and to Wakefield for their cooperation last week. They have been great in helping us get this deal over the line in such a short time frame and that is testament to the calibre of their club.”