Warrington Wolves have raided Super League rivals Catalans Dragons to sign scrum-half Matty Smith on loan until the end of the season. The 32-year-old has scored more than 850 points in over 300 appearances in spells with hometown club St Helens and also Wigan, winning two Grand Slam titles.
Smith also picked up the Lance Todd trophy in the 2013 Challenge Cup Final when Wigan defeated Hull FC 16-0 at Wembley, while he has made four appearances for England. On the move, Smith, who is set to make his debut against St Helens on Thursday, told the Wolves website: “Firstly, I would like to thank both Catalans and Warrington for sorting the loan deal out very quickly, which allows me to do what I love doing and that’s playing rugby league.
“Also after speaking with Steve Price and having been a big admirer of the Warrington club for so long, it was a very easy decision for me to come on loan until the end of the year. “Having worked before with a lot of the staff and playing group, I am sure it will be an easy transition.”
Head coach Steve Price added: “Matt is an experienced player. He’s a Lance Todd trophy winner, so he knows all about big games and how to win Challenge Cups and Grand Finals. “He knows how to steer a team around the park, and he’ll add extra competition to our halves going into the business end of the season.”