St Helens have signed promising prop forward Alex Walmsley from Championship club Batley.
The 21-year-old 6ft 5in Walmsley, who has earned rave reviews in his first full season with the Bulldogs, has agreed a three-year contract and will link up with Saints in the close season.
Eamonn McManus, St Helens chairman, said: "Alex is one of the most promising and exciting prospects in the game and we are delighted to have secured his services ahead of stiff competition.
"He is a powerful forward who we have no doubt will suit Saints' style of play. We look forward to welcoming him into the club."
Saints will be hoping Walmsley can make a similar impact to Warrington's former Leigh prop Chris Hill, who made the 2012 Super League Dream Team just 12 months after leaving the Championship.
"Delighted to have signed for St Helens," Walmsley tweeted. "I can't wait for the challenge. Thanks to everyone at Batley for last year."