Sheffield Eagles edged out rivals Dewsbury Rams to claim the signature of playmaker Kyle Briggs.
The stand-off or loose-forward, who had been on loan at the Rams for the past month, opted to join the Eagles from Featherstone Rovers, on a two-and-a-half year deal.
The Eagles’ interest was first revealed in The Star earlier this week and Dewsbury released a statement saying they had been outbid.
Coach Mark Aston said: “I’m 100 per cent happy to have signed Kyle.
“He is a quality player, a quality individual who brings a wealth of experience, class and a great attitude to the team.”
The 26-year-old Leeds-born player is set to make his debut as the Eagles seek to end a run of four defeats against North Wales Crusaders, at Owlerton Stadium on Sunday.
Briggs has shown he can play on the speedway/greyhound stadium’s tight pitch scoring a try and kicking six goals in Featherstone’s 36-22 win earlier in the season.