Salford Red Devils have confirmed the signing of prop Levy Nzoungou from Toulouse Olympique.
The 19-year-old came through the St Helens Academy and was a key figure in the Under-19s’ unbeaten season in 2016 before moving to Melbourne Storm.
The Frenchman spent a couple of months with the NRL side before joining Toulouse midway through the 2017 campaign.
His performances for the Championship outfit earned him a move to the Red Devils for 2018, which was originally reported by loverugbyleague.com in October.
And Salford head coach Ian Watson admitted that he is a big fan of Nzoungou.
He said: “Levy is a big young athletic middle who impressed when playing for Toulouse.
“I watched Levy play at Toulouse once he came back from Melbourne and the impact he made coming off the bench in the Championship showed he’d developed and learned from his experiences in Australia and at St Helens which we hope to continue here at Salford.
“His strength and leg speed made him a stand-out performer and his attitude in defence is a clear reflection on his time Melbourne.”
Nzoungou is Salford’s fifth addition for the 2018 campaign following the signings of Manu Vatuvei, Tyrone McCarthy, Derrell Olpherts and Gavin Bennion.