Kevin Brown cannot wait to start his Widnes Vikings career after joining the club on a five-year deal from the Huddersfield Giants.
The 26-year-old left the Giants after seven seasons in West Yorkshire and the former Wigan man is looking forward to returning to live in Lancashire with his family.
Brown is excited about Widnes' plans for the future despite their lowly placing in their first season since winning their place in England's top flight.
There were a few sides chasing Brown's signature, but he had no interest other than moving to the Halton Stadium club.
"I was really enjoying my time at Huddersfield and had been there for seven years previously and being the captain, meant it wasn't something I did lightly," Brown told the club's official website.
"But, having spoken with Denis Betts, Paul Cullen and Steve O'Connor, I was tremendously impressed with what they already had in place such as the structures and facilities and what their plans were for the future.
"Having had these conversations, I knew that it was something I really wanted to be a part of and I'm excited and glad that I've joined the Vikings and I can't wait now to get started properly and meet the rest of the boys.
"I was lucky enough to find there were a few clubs interested in me and prepared to pay a transfer fee to help me do this.
"As I said earlier though, from my very first conversations with Widnes, I knew there was only one place I wanted to spend my future and I'm really happy with how things have turned out."