Workington Town have signed former Toronto and Leigh star Sean Penkywicz for the 2018 season.
The 35-year-old was going to retire after his contract expired with the Toronto Wolfpack at the end of last season.
But the hooker’s future took a U-turn after he was impressed with the hopes and ambitions of Workington after holding talks with coaches Leon Pryce and Craig McDowell.
And Penkywicz wants to help the League 1 club get promoted to the Championship.
He said: “I’ve heard a lot of good things about Workington since Leon has come here.
“Craig McDowell is here as well and they have only had good things to say about it.
“I just want to try and bring some of these young lads through and hopefully get them back up the ladder.”
And Town head coach Leon Pryce believes Penkywicz, who has also played for Halifax and Huddersfield Giants, can be a good leader for the team.
Pryce said: “He is a great signing for us and the type of signing I think we want at Workington.
“We want ex-Super League players who have been around for a long time and know the game because in this league, playing too many kids is tough – it is usually the older heads who can help get the younger ones around the field.
“I played with him when I was about 15 and he’s my age, I’ve known him for a long time so it’s a great signing for us.
“He gives us options as well, we have plenty of talent in our halves at the club which is a positive sign.”