Hull KR have signed former Huddersfield Giants player Josh Johnson on a deal until the end of the season.
The prop joins from Redcliffe Dolphins, who are Brisbane Broncos’ reserve side, and at 22 he still has his best years ahead of him.
Having made 36 appearances for the Giants, Johnson is hoping to help Rovers gain promotion back to Super League.
“I always fancied going to Australia and I enjoyed it over there,” he said.
“It was a good experience for me, rugby wise and off the field as well. I’ve always lived at home so it took me out of my comfort zone and I’m coming back a better player.
“I felt like it was time to come back and when this opportunity came up, I couldn’t turn it down. Hull KR are a big club and it’s a chance for me to come and work under Tim Sheens. He wanted another middle man so I need to repay the faith shown in me and show everybody what I can do.”
Rovers head coach Tim Sheens said: “Josh is an impressive young player who will strengthen our middle unit. He’s got a good build and he comes highly recommended by everybody we’ve spoken to about him.
“We’re very happy with the players we’ve already got in the forwards, but adding Josh brings extra depth and competition for places in the front row.
“He’s only been back in the country for a few days but if he settles in at training this week, he may well come into contention to play on Sunday.”