Castleford Tigers have confirmed their third signing of the week with Scott Wheeldon agreeing a two-year contract following his release from London Broncos.
The 27-year-old prop arrives after playing 31 games for the Broncos following his move from Hull KR in May 2012.
Wheeldon started his career at Hull FC in 2006 before switching to the other side of the city to play for the Robins at the end of the 2008 season.
With more than 150 Super League appearances to his name, Wheeldon adds more experience to the Tigers front row and has been welcomed to the club by head coach Daryl Powell.
He said: “Scott is a tough, uncompromising player with a strong defence and is somebody who I have kept an eye on since his time on Humberside.
“He has a quality offload and pass game to go with his strong ball carrying ability. I’m looking forward to working with him next season.”
Wheeldon said: “I was over the moon when the opportunity came for me to sign for Castleford.
“There were a couple of options for me but I know from playing there in the past that they have very good and very loyal fans. The atmosphere at the stadium is very good and the fans are quite close to the pitch.
“I’ve heard very good reports about Daryl Powell from people that I know within the game and I was quite happy with the things that we spoke about when I met him about further improvements in my game.
“It was also an opportunity for me to move back home which I was looking to do. I’ve enjoyed my time at London, but it’s been a little bit difficult at times financially and for other reasons as well. So I was impressed with the all-round package really.”
Wheeldon will be working hard to earn a first team spot next year and is looking forward to getting started with his new team mates ahead of a big season.
He said: “From a personal point of view I want to make a good start at the club; train hard initially throughout pre-season and stamp my mark on a bench spot or a starting number in the team and take it from there.
“From a club perspective a good target for us would be to reach the top eight and get in to the play-offs.
“Everybody knows that Cas can play some really exciting rugby, hopefully we can prove that again next season and have a good solid year.”
Wheeldon has featured in eight play-offs and one Grand Final in his career so far and has been impressed by the Tigers’ recruitment plans as his new team challenge for the top eight.
“Daryl has stuck with a few younger faces in the team that he is going to build on. He is bringing in more numbers and it’s been quite interesting that he’s stuck to the English players and giving Cas an opportunity to build around them and make a good future for the club.
“It’s important for a club to build on the youth so the club has a long future and not just signing new players to fix the gap for a season or two – it’s young players who are going to be there for five, six, seven years.
“It’s quite exciting times. Predominately it’s a similar squad for next season with a few added to the mix; hopefully we can gel and feed off each other and have a good year.”