Warrington Wolves have signed forward Lachlan Fitzgibbon from NRL side Newcastle Knights on a three-year deal from 2024.
The 29-year-old has scored 31 tries in 112 appearances since making his NRL debut for the Knights back in 2015.
Fitzgibbon says he was also persuaded to join the Wire after having chats with former club favourites Michael Monaghan and Kurt Gidley.
On joining Warrington, Fitzgibbon said: “It’s been in my vision for the last couple of years to make the move over to Super League.
“They play a really good brand of rugby league in the UK which I feel will suit my game.
“At 29 I want to come over while I still have my best years in front of me.
“The history of the club and how important the club is to the town and the people of Warrington really resonated with me.
“I’m from a town over here in Newcastle and it’s full of passionate people who love their footy.
“Michael Monaghan is one of our assistant coaches at the Knights and spoke very highly about the club.
“I know Kurt Gidley too who’s a Newcastle legend. Kurt spoke so positively about the club and town.
“Hearing how much he enjoyed his time over there really made me feel comfortable about the decision and the move to England.
“I’m looking forward to getting over there and meeting the Warrington fans.”
Daryl Powell hails Warrington Wolves signing of Lachlan Fitzgibbon
Warrington coach Daryl Powell hailed the club’s signing of the experienced Fitzgibbon, and revealed that they’d look to transition impressive back-rower Matty Nicholson into the loose forward role for next season.
Powell said: “Lachlan is a quality player and is a great signing for us for a lot of reasons.
“I’ve had really good, positive conversations with him.
“He’s a top class back-rower who’s been consistent over there in the NRL for a number of years now.
“He runs great lines and is a great professional.
“He’ll be a great addition for next season and the Warrington fans will love what he’ll be able to deliver.
“Matty Nicholson will move to 13 in the middle of the field and he’s really positive about that switch too.”