Brazilian prop Ramon Silva says it is a dream come true for him to join Super League giants Wigan.
The Sao Paulo-born forward, who moved over to the UK with his parents when he was three, has joined the Warriors from London Broncos. He has signed a two-year deal with the option of a third year.
Silva started his rugby league career at the age of 15 with Elmbridge Eagles. After playing just four games he was subsequently picked up by the Broncos academy.
Additionally, he spent three seasons in London’s academy, where he played alongside his now Wigan team-mate Kai Pearce-Paul.
On his big move, Silva said: “It’s the dream to sign for Wigan. I know a lot of people would do anything to get to where I am and have this opportunity. I’m very proud and thankful for the opportunity.
“My plan is to improve as much as I can and strive to be a key player. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and getting stuck in.
“I’m excited to make everyone proud – my family and friends in Brazil and all the Wigan fans here. Also, I’d like to say thank you to my parents, especially my dad. He’s helped me to get to where I am today.”
Wigan boss hails “terrific prospect” Ramon Silva
Warriors executive director Kris Radlinski said: “Ramon is a terrific prospect for Wigan and we beat off challenges from other Super League clubs to attract him.
“Ramon has a great friendship with Kai Pearce-Paul who speaks highly of his work ethic and potential. I met Ramon and his father in a London hotel, and I left feeling super enthused about the meeting.
“He has a background in mixed martial arts and recently became a black belt in jiu-jitsu. His hunger and determination to succeed makes him an exciting acquisition for us.”
Wigan coach Matt Peet said: “We have been tracking Ramon over the past couple of seasons and have been impressed by his work rate and physical attributes.
“We take pride in developing young players and feel that his character will be a great addition to the squad.”
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