Rochdale have fought off competition from several clubs to sign Dan Abram on a one-year deal.
The 23-year-old, who can play at full-back or half-back, left Whitehaven earlier in the off-season and attracted interest from a host of Championship and League 1 clubs, including Leigh Centurions.
Abram’s father, Darren, played for Rochdale in the 1990s and even went on to coach the club.
On linking up with the Hornets, Abram said: “I am honoured and excited to be joining Rochdale Hornets.
“There were a number of clubs that showed interest in me and I thank them for that but with the recent positive off-field announcements the club have made, plus the chance to work with Carl [Forster] again, made the decision to join the Hornets the right one.
“I can’t wait to meet the rest of the boys at training and the season to start in what will be a tough but exciting season.”
On capturing the signature of Abram, Hornets’ head coach Carl Forster commented: “It’s great to get Dan on board, he is a big game player and a match winner.
“He adds much needed depth to the full-back and half-back positions. He is a pleasure to coach and I am excited to work with him again.”