United States forward Eddy Pettybourne, released by Wigan halfway through his two-year contract for personal reasons, has secured a return to the NRL with Gold Coast Titans.
The 26-year-old former South Sydney and Wests Tigers prop, who made 16 appearances for the Warriors in 2014 including their Grand Final defeat by St Helens, has been given a 12-month deal by the Titans as a replacement for Paul Carter, who was dismissed by the club last month.
Titans head coach Neil Henry said: “He’s a hard-running back or front-rower who’s had a lot of experience at the top level and I know Wigan were very happy with his form last season.
“He has returned to Australia because of family seasons and we were quick to act after learning that. He’s be a valuable addition and we are very lucky to have a player of his stature to replace Paul.”
New Zealand-born Pettybourne was in the United States team that reached the quarter-finals of the 2013 World Cup.