Catalans add Myler swoop after luring back Richards


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England scrum-half Richie Myler is to leave Warrington for Catalans Dragons at the end of the season. The 25-year-old is out of contract with the Wolves and looks set to make way for the arrival of Australian Chris Sandow.

Myler, who has signed a two-year deal, will link up with his former Warrington team-mate Michael Monaghan, the Dragons’ assistant coach, and becomes the club’s second high-profile recruit for next year in 48 hours following the signing of former Wigan winger Pat Richards.

The Catalans’ head coach, Laurent Frayssinous, said: “I’m delighted to sign Richie for the next two seasons.

“The club has shown its ambition with the capture of such a quality player. His skills, speed, eye for a gap and his experience give him the potential to be one the best players in his position.”

Myler, who won the first of his seven caps for England against France in 2009, became the most expensive teenager in rugby league history when he joined Warrington on a four-year deal for a reputed £200,000 six years ago.

The former Widnes and Salford player has made 141 Super League appearances so far, scoring 87 tries, and won two Challenge Cup winners medals with the Wolves.

Myler said: “It’s a really exciting time to be joining the Catalans. I’m looking forward to playing my part with such an ambitious club and embracing the French culture with my family.”

Former Huddersfield coach Jon Sharp is back in coaching after being appointed  by Featherstone, just hours after formally leaving his post as head of match officials  at the Rugby Football League.

The 38-year-old former Hull and Featherstone forward, who took Huddersfield to the Challenge Cup final in 2006, has been unveiled as the successor to Andy Hay.