Castleford coach Ian Millward has added a fresh face to his squad with the signing of Australian centre/back-rower James Grehan.
Grehan, 23, was a junior at St George and Parramatta and has recently played for French club Limoux.
Born to English parents, Grehan has moved to the Probiz Coliseum on a one-year deal.
He said: “”I’m looking to earn a two-year deal and settle down over here. Both my Mum and Dad are English and I’ve always wanted to come and play here.
“This is a big opportunity for me and I intend to make the most of it.”
Grehan was recommended to the club by former player Dale Fritz, his strength and conditioning coach at Western Suburbs.
Millward said: “Centre is an area where we are short in numbers and we needed depth in this position before the season started. Jimmy runs very good lines in attack and has good mobility in defence.
“He is more of a second row who can play centre but we believe we might have unearthed someone on an incentive-based contract in Jimmy who we might want to tie down if things work out as a second row in the longer term. In the short term he will be useful in that he can do a good job for us in the centres.”
Grehan could be selected for Sunday’s under 20s friendly against York.