Castleford Tigers have announced the signing of half-back Ben Roberts from NRL side Melbourne Storm on a two-year deal from the start of 2015.
The 28-year-old, who has played over 130 games in the NRL, will link up with the Tigers over the winter, with an option to stay for a third year at the end of his contract.
Roberts said: “I only signed at the Storm for one year and we were not quite sure what I was going to do after this year, in terms of hanging around or possibly going overseas.
“I suggested to my manager that we should have a fish out and about, just to see what was out there.
“It just so happened that Castleford came in the picture, so I was trying to find out a bit of information about the club. I heard nothing but good things about the club, and they came from people who had played there in the past.”
Roberts was born in Sydney, but has played international rugby for both New Zealand and Samoa.
Castleford boss Daryl Powell said: “I am delighted to sign Ben, who is a player we tried to sign last season before his move to Melbourne.
“His qualities are ideally suited to the First Utility Super League in England, with his strength, speed and agility a massive part of his game. His left footed kicking game is another aspect that will dovetail neatly into the squad for next year.
“Ben has years of NRL experience, but I really believe his best form is in front of him, and I am confident our club will see those years as we strive to constantly improve our performance levels.”