Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have announced Wigan Warriors forward Chris Tuson as their first signing for 2014.
The 23-year-old, who played for Warriors against Wakefield on Sunday and had a try disallowed, has signed a two-year contract at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium from next season.
He came through the Wigan youth set-up and has already made over 70 appearances for the cherry and whites, as well as enjoying a loan spell with Castleford Tigers in 2010.
The back-rower will see out the season at the DW Stadium but is looking forward to making the move across the Pennines.
“I’m really pleased and I’m looking forward to it,” he said.
“It’s been a bit of a strange one because I’ve been at Wigan all my life so I’ve never signed for another team and that’s obviously new to me.
“I met Richard (Agar) and I came over here to have a look around and he said nothing but good things. I spoke to Richard Mathers because I know him from when he used to play at Wigan and he said good things and they are a really good team as they proved on Sunday, it was a really tough game.
“As far as next year goes, I’m really excited and looking forward to coming here and showing Wakefield and the fans what I can do as well as bringing as my experience from playing in the Wigan team.
“My main aim is to play every week and be a stand out player. I’ve been playing a number of different roles and I really want to pin down that back-row position and make it my own.”
Wildcats head coach Richard Agar is delighted to have secured the services of a young player with plenty of experience at a club he describes as “arguably the best side in the competition in recent seasons”.
“I’m delighted we’ve been able to sign Chris,” said Agar.
“He’s quite an experienced player now and he’s been a regular in a very strong side and arguably the best side in the competition over recent seasons.
“I think Chris will help us create a very hard edge while being ruthless because he’s a very aggressive and competitive player.
“He’s come out of a very strong system and I think he’ll add a lot of competitiveness which I’m sure he’s going to bring into our camp.”
Tuson has cemented his place in Wigan’s first team plans this season and has chipped in with six tries.