WIGAN Warriors have confirmed the re-signing of Lee Mossop from Parramatta Eels.
The deal sees the Cumbrian, who left the DW Stadium for the NRL at the end of the 2013 season, return from his stint Down Under early to take up a three-year deal with the option of a fourth.
Wigan Today revealed on Friday that the deal had been struck to bring Mossop back to the Warriors.
Mossop is expected to be match fit in February. Having had advanced surgery to both shoulders in the past 12 months, the Warriors Academy product will continue his recovery with Wigan.
Mossop said: “Wigan was always going to be my first choice and I am really happy that we have been able to agree a deal. I owe a lot to this club having come through the youth system. The squad is a bit younger now and I hope to be able to pass on my experience to some of the other players.”
He also released a statement on Twitter saying: “Firstly I would like to thank the Paramatta Eels for giving me the opportunity to play in the NRL.
“I met some good people and made some great mates at the club.
“Things didn’t turn out as I wanted in my first year but you play the hand you’re dealt and I’ll always be grateful for that.
“Me and Chloe have since had a baby girl and being back around our family and friends is what is most important to us.
“I am lucky to be back at the club which I love and look forward to getting back playing my best rugby for them.”
Coach Shaun Wane added: “I rate Lee Mossop highly and am pleased to see him re-join us. As soon as I heard that he might be available, I asked Kris Radlinski and Ian Lenagan to see if it was possible and I am grateful that they have done just that. I am pleased also for Lee showing loyalty to the club. Having seen the fans welcome Joel Tomkins back earlier this year, I am looking forward to seeing them give Lee a great reception at the DW next season.”