Gateshead Thunder have brought in former New Zealand Warriors half-back Jordan Meads on undisclosed terms.
Meads, 22, began his career at Melbourne Storm before joining the Warriors, for whom his drop goal won the NYC Premiership final in 2011.
The playmaker is Thunder's second signing, following Hunslet winger Lee Mapals, since the takeover by Newcastle Rugby Limited last month.
"He has a lot of potential," said managing director Keith Christie.
Thunder have won four of their last five games in Championship One to boost their hopes of a top-five finish and a place in the play-offs.