Mickael Simon

It has been an inconsistent season for the Wakefield Wildcats so far, but planning for 2015 is crucial and the club have signed French international Mickael Simon.

The 27-year old prop was a part of France’s recent World Cup squad and has signed a 2-year deal. He joins fellow prop and new recruit Greg Hall, with both set to strengthen the Wakefield forward pack.

Playing 65 Super League games so far, the Frenchman said he was after a new challenge and the Wildcats were a great place to test himself.

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“I need a new challenge and I want to play as many games as possible for Wakefield,” said Simon.

“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.”

With a reputation as a player with a huge work-rate and commitment, Wakefield head coach James Webster is looking forward to having the Frenchman at the club.

“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.

“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.”

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