Wakefield Wildcats have signed Australian forward Justin Poore on a two-year deal
Last Updated: 20/10/12 5:38pm
Justin Poore: Will join Wakefield for the start of the 2013 season
Wakefield Wildcats have pulled off a major coup by completing the signing of former New South Wales Origin forward Justin Poore.
The 27-year-old Parramatta prop has agreed a two-year deal to join the Super League outfit for the start of the 2013 season.
Poore has made 178 career appearances in Australia's NRL, initially with St George Illawarra, and appeared in all three games of the 2009 Origin series for the Blues.
"This is a major signing for us and shows our fans that we are in the market for some top-quality players," said Wakefield chief executive James Elston.
"Justin is still only 27 and there was an NRL club after his services but he has chosen to come to Wakefield.
"We have made no secret that we have been after a big man to lead the pack and Justin certainly is that. It's a signing that will get supporters excited and whet the appetite even further for 2013."
The 6ft 2in, 17st Poore, whose father was born in England, insisted he was relishing the chance to test himself in a new environment.
"I've had almost 10 years in the NRL and I wanted a different challenge," said Poore. "I've always wanted to experience playing in England and Wakefield really appealed to me because it is a very family-orientated club.
"I probably didn't think I'd be coming over at this stage in my career, but when the opportunity came around I jumped at it because it's a short career and you never know when it might come around again.
"I'd probably say the decisive factor for me was Richard Agar. Some coaches can be very ruthless with how they speak to players but the way he spoke to me he convinced me to come to Wakefield."