Huddersfield Giants have signed former Gateshead Thunder utility player Jamie Love to their academy and reserve grade squad on a part-time contract.
The 18-year-old, who can play centre or second row, will combine rugby participation with a sports science degree at Leeds Carnegie University.
"He has got many attributes as a player to do extremely well," Giants head of youth performance Peter Riding said.
"I watched a few DVDs of Jamie in action and I liked what I saw."
He continued: "I think it's a great signing for the club.
"If we can educate him in different areas of the game I'm convinced we will have a good player on our hands.
"From Jamie's side, if he buys into that and does all the right things then he will see the benefit."
Durham-born Love, who scored two tries in five games for Thunder last season following his debut in the Northern Rail Cup against Batley, joins fellow North East natives Crawford Matthews [Hull FC] and Sinclair Matthews [Leeds Rhinos] in moving up to Super League level.
"It's a fantastic opportunity for me," Love said.
"To sign with a top Super League club is a fantastic feeling for me and I can't wait to get properly started.
"I played in the Academy game against the New South Wales side and it was a brilliant experience for me, the surface was great and the atmosphere was something I enjoyed.
"I've met all the clubs younger players and they are a really good bunch so I'm looking forward to playing and training alongside them.
"Hopefully, I can work hard here and possibly earn myself a full-time contract after I've finished my Sports Science degree at University."