Newcastle Thunder have signed former Castleford Tigers centre Josh Atkinson for the 2016 season, after a spell with Queanbeyan Kangaroos in Australia.
Atkinson, who made two Super League appearances for the Tigers in 2012, links up with ex-Canberra under-20s coach Mick Mantelli at Thunder.
The Kangaroos played in the Canberra Region League.
"There were other clubs I was speaking with but Thunder appealed the most," said the 24-year-old.
"I like what Thunder are trying to do in the North East and for rugby league culture wise."