Leeds Rhinos have signed utility back Joe Vickery on a one-year contract following a successful trial at Headingley Carnegie.
The Super League champions were keen to bolster their back options during the close season despite the arrival of Australian centre Joel Moon.
Leeds brought in Vickery for a three-month trial in November, but following his double in their Boxing Day success over the Wakefield Wildcats they have now secured his signature.
The former St George Illawarra junior scored 17 tries for Gold Coast Titans' feeder club Tweed Heads last season, although he wanted to try his hand in Super League.
"It was my ambition to earn a contract with the club when I came over here and I backed myself to do that so I am delighted to have signed for the season," he told the club's official website.
"It was a gamble to move here on a trial and away from everything I knew in Australia but the hard work has been worth it and I am pleased with my decision.
"I really enjoyed my first run out against Wakefield and the crowd and atmosphere at the Stadium was fantastic. I know there is still a lot of work to do and I want to prove I can step up and play in the Super League and I am really looking forward to getting out there again and the start of the season."
Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington has backed the 23-year-old to grasp his opportunity with both hands.
"He has got a lot of qualities and a real hunger, determination and ambition," Hetherington told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
"We've been impressed with Joe right from day one, with his attitude, his commitment and enthusiasm.
"He has shown a great work ethic. He didn't start playing rugby league until quite late, but he adapted very quickly to the game.
"He has got a lot of talent and has been looking for the right opportunity. That's now been provided and I think he'll fully justify our confidence in him."
What was your rugby league moment of the year from the 2012 season?
Hull KR's Magic Weekend win over Hull FC
Catalan Dragons' last-gasp success at Saints
Widnes Vikings beating Wigan for their first win of the season
Wigan running riot against St Helens in the Magic Weekend
Nearly 21,000 watching Bradford Bulls beat rivals Leeds
Wakefield enjoying successive weekend with drop-goal wins
Champions Leeds Rhinos clinching the World Cup Challenge v Manly
Featherstone dumping Castleford Tigers out of the Challenge Cup
London Broncos beating Warrington Wolves 62-18 at the Stoop
Hull FC inflicting a record 70-6 home defeat on the Bradford Bulls