Wigan Warriors have signed Barrow Raiders prop Joe Bullock for the start of next season.
The front rower joins form the Championship outfit on a three-year deal, after the Warriors beat Warrington, Leeds and Souths to his signature.
He returns to the Warriors where he was part of the Academy before moving to Leigh Centurions.
The 25-year-old said: “I’m really excited to be joining Wigan Warriors. I’m looking forward to getting stuck into training with the rest of the squad and seeing what the future will bring at this amazing club.”
Bullock was nominated for the League One Player of the Year in 2017, and Warriors executive director Kris Radlinski says his background has provided the ideal environment for his development.
Radlinksi said: “Joe is an explosive, hard-running front-row forward who has developed and proven himself in the Championship. He’s played in the lower leagues - which is always a great apprenticeship for a prop forward - so we think he’ll bring an edge and physicality to our front-row options next season.
“He’s had another impressive season for Barrow, so we firmly believe that he is ready to take the step-up to Super League level and we’re excited to offer him the opportunity to do so.
“There was significant interest in securing his signature, so we’re delighted that he’ll be part of our squad next season and we'd like to thank Barrow Raiders and Steven Neale in particular for their cooperation throughout this process.”