Widnes have confirmed the signing of Tongan centre Tangi Ropati, following Sheffield’s exit from the play-offs.
Ropati, 25, has spent the last two seasons with the Eagles after impressing boss Mark Aston in the 2008 World Cup.
The New Zealand born back has signed a one-year deal with the Vikings, with an option for a further year.
He said: “I’ve heard a great deal from many people involved in the game, just how professional Widnes are as a club both on and off the field and to be a part of this type of environment is something that I’m genuinely excited about.
“For a club like Widnes to not only show an interest in me, but to actually take me on, is an overwhelming experience and I can’t wait to get started and hopefully repay the faith that they have shown in me.”
Head Coach Paul Cullen said: “Tangi is a powerful, dynamic and skillful centre who will have a massive impact in our threequarter line. He ticks all our on and off-field boxes, and we are delighted with his capture.
“Our rebuild continues.”