But he is far from being a new face to The Gnoll having spent the whole of last year playing for the Scorpions as part of the dual-registration rule.
He was one of just three ever-presents in the Scorpions side last season, scoring six tries in his 21 appearances, and was an inspiration in the forwards.
However he was unable to break into the Crusaders’ Super League team and was released at the end of last season.
“Lewis is a key positional signing for us,” said Scorpions coach Aled James. “We will look to utilise him in the back row. It’s a position that he finished the season with us last year and it’s a position that he feels comfortable in. He played his best games for us there. He will also provides us with cover options in the ruck.
“He is a tremendous acquisition to the squad. He was a full-time player last year with the Crusaders and has gained valuable experience working under Brian Noble and Iestyn Harris. We hope this experience rubs off on some of the other players.”