Catalans Dragons have signed today the Sydney Roosters winger Michael Oldfield on a two-year contract.
Oldfield, 23 years old, made his debut for the Manly Sea Eagles in 2010 where he played 24 NRL games and scored 14 tries before moving to the Sydney Roosters last year where he struggled to cement his place in one of the best backline in the world, scoring a try in the only game he played last season.
“The signing of Michael is a great news for the club. He is a young and fast player and his pace will be a great value in our backline next season. We lacked of pace in the past seasons and the addition of this player will allow us to fill this gap.” Laurent Frayssinous, Catalans Dragons headcoach.
Oldfield, 187 cm for 95kg, won in 2013 his second NRL title after his first premiership title in 2011 with Manly. He played in the 2012 World Club CCatalans Dragons hallenge loss to the Leeds Rhinos.
He is regarded as one of the fastest winger in the NRL and can also play fullback or centre.
He also made his international debut last year for Tonga in a test against Samoa in April 2013, playing in the centres.
« We found an agreement with the Sydney Roosters and his agent to release Michael from the final year of his contract and allow him to join the Catalans Dragons. After the signings of Jeff Lima and Ben Pomeroy, we were looking for a fast winger and we are delighted to welcome Michael in Perpignan.” Christophe Jouffret, CEO.
After Jeff Lima and Ben Pomeroy, Michael Oldfield is the third and last Catalans signing for the 2014 Super League season.