Leeds Rhinos have signed Brett Ferres from Huddersfield Giants for an undisclosed fee.
The 29 year-old was transfer-listed by the Giants after the club concluded an investigation into the player’s ‘conduct away from the field’ in November.
Ferres made 76 appearances for the Giants since 2012 joining them from West Yorkshire rivals Castleford Tigers.
The second rower has also featured 12 times for England, including all three of last autumn’s tests in the victorious series against New Zealand.
Rhinos’ chief executive Gary Hetherington told the club’s website: “We are delighted to have secured a player of the quality of Brett Ferres to compliment our squad for next season.
“I would like to thank Richard Thewlis and the Huddersfield Giants for the way they have dealt with the process and I am sure we have come to an arrangement that allows all parties to move onto the next stage and look forward to 2016.”
Leeds Head coach Brian McDermott added: “We are pleased to have Brett on board.
“He is a tough competitor and someone I have admired for many years and it is great that the club have moved quickly to secure his services. He will immediately begin training with us with just four weeks to go until the start of the season whilst the terms are being agreed.”
Ferres, who has made 220 Super League appearances in his career, said of his move: “I would like to thank Gary Hetherington and Brian McDermott for making this move possible. The Rhinos are a fantastic organisation and I am looking forward to being part of the squad next season. The last year has seen plenty of ups and downs for me however this move gives me an opportunity to finally look forward to the future with confidence and be part of something special here at the Rhinos.”
Ferres is expected to travel to Florida with his new teammates as the Rhinos step up their preseason training.