Hull FC new boy Eamon O'Carroll has revealed he turned down a new contract offer from Wigan to move to the KC Stadium on a three-year contract.
The 24-year-old Ireland international told BBC Radio Humberside: "It was one of the toughest decisions I've ever had to make to leave Wigan.
"I had a contract on the table but I just thought it was time to move on.
"I think it's one of the best decisions I've ever made - I'm really settled and can't wait for the season to start."
O'Carroll is a veteran of over 80 games for the Warriors but the last two seasons have been injury-hit for the former Waterhead amateur forward.
He underwent career-saving surgery before playing the last couple of games of the season for Wigan in 2011.
"I had a pubic bone and hip injury that we couldn't really settle down and it got to the point where they were thinking I needed a year out.
"Wigan were really good and they searched the world for a surgeon and we ended up finding one who said he could probably fix 70% of my problems.
"I woke up after going under the knife and my symptoms were pretty much gone from day one."