Eddy Pettybourne has become the first high-profile signing in the newly formed North American league.
The 33-year-old prop has joined Brooklyn Kings on a two-year deal after most recently playing for Villeneuve in the French Elite One Championship.
Pettybourne has played in two World Cups for the USA and has also represented Samoa on the international stage.
He has made more than 100 NRL appearances for South Sydney Rabbitohs, Wests Tigers and Gold Coast Titans and also spent a season in Super League with Wigan in 2014.
Pettybourne said: “I’m very excited to be joining a great organisation in the Brooklyn Kings.
“It’s always been a passion and dream of mine to give back to the game of rugby league in America.
“I’m looking forward to meeting my new teammates and front office, and working towards back-to-back championships for the club.”
— Brooklyn Kings Rugby (@BrooklynKingsRL) April 6, 2021
Brooklyn Kings founder Matt Bailey said: “Eddy is an incredible addition to our team, both on and off the field.
“This moment is a massive show of confidence for our club, the new league and the Brooklyn community, and we thank Eddy for trusting in and propelling our vision. We can’t wait to welcome Eddy and his young family to Brooklyn, and to build something special.”