Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have signed former Catalans Dragons half-back Sam Williams from Canberra Raiders on a one-year deal.
The Australian, who has represented the Country Origin, will provide competition for both Jacob Miller and Liam Finn next season.
Williams, 25, made 10 appearances for Catalans in 2014 and has been told of Chris Chester’s quality by his current team-mate Josh Hodgson, the England hooker who worked with Wakefield’s coach at Hull KR.
“I am very excited to join Wakefield,” said the former Junior Kangaroo, who helped Canberra to within 80 minutes of the Grand Final this season.
“It is a family club with such a close-knit community.
“I’m looking forward to being able to work with Chris Chester; I’ve heard good things from Josh Hodgson on his coaching and I am now excited to be a part of it and am looking forward to what the future holds.”
Chester said: “Sam Williams is a great signing for the club and a big coup.
“A number of Super League clubs were chasing his signature and I’m delighted that he has chosen to play at Wakefield.
“I would like to thank Ricky Stuart and the Canberra Raiders for helping us make the signing happen.
“Sam will bring a wealth of experience and a good kicking game along with being a good leader on and off the field.”
Trinity chairman, Michael Carter added: “Having spoken to Sam at length, I am delighted that this young man has agreed to join us.
“I look forward to seeing him don the Red, White and Blue jersey next season.”
Meanwhile, captain Liam Mackay has signed a new contract keeping him at Hunslet RLFC next season. The 25-year-old forward, who joined Hunslet from Featherstone Rovers in December 2013, scored five tries in 25 appearances this year before his season was ended by a shoulder injury which required surgery.
He said: “I’m delighted to sign for another season. The staff make it feel like home from home and after speaking to some of the boys who are staying for 2017 it was an easy decision to make. We are a tight knit bunch and I’m looking forward to next season and hopefully pushing for promotion to take this club back to where it belongs in the Championship.”
Hunslet director of rugby Darren Williams said: “Liam is the ultimate professional. We certainly missed his effort and work rate in his absence and he is a key component in what we want to achieve in 2017.”