Wigan have completed the signing of forward Gabriel Hamlin from South Sydney.
The 20-year-old is the Warriors first acquisition for 2018 having failed to make the top four this season.
Hamlin has made 47 appearances for the Rabbitohs’ Under-20s side and joins Wigan after he was recommended by former coach Michael Maguire and ex-player Pat Richards.
“I’m really excited about joining Wigan and I’m flattered that they think me worthy of this opportunity,” said Hamlin.
“I’m very proud of my English heritage, my Mum was actually born in Blackpool. Although I’ve never been to the UK before I’ve heard great things about it.
“I watch Super League regularly and I am prepared for the challenge that awaits. It’s very exciting and I intend on making the most of this chance.”
Wigan head coach, Shaun Wane, added: “We are always on the lookout for talented players that have a good attitude and a real determination to improve. Developing players is a part of coaching that I really enjoy and at Wigan we have a great record of bringing in players and taking them onto the next level.
“When people like Michael Maguire and Pat Richards are both recommending a player to you then you take that recommendation very seriously and we all believe that Gabriel is a talented forward who can really fulfil his potential here at Wigan. We can’t wait to have him join us.”