Castleford Tigers have confirmed the signing of Greg Eden on a two-year deal from NRL side Brisbane Broncos.
The Castleford-born star has been strongly linked with the Tigers, with League Express reporting the story last week.
But the club has now confirmed the capture of the 25-year-old, who will link up with his new team at the beginning of the 2017 season upon the completion of his contract with the Australian club.
Daryl Powell has identified Eden as Luke Dorn’s replacement, with the Australian retiring at the end of the season.
Eden joined the Tigers ranks as a youngster, making his debut in 2011 for the club but played just four games before moving to Huddersfield Giants.
He then had spells at Hull KR and Salford before moving to Brisbane, spending the 2015 season in the Broncos’ feeder team, Wynuum Manly.
But he burst on to the scene for the Wayne Bennett’s side when he scored a length of the field try against Wigan Warriors in the World Club Challenge earlier this year.
“Coming back to the UK was a massive decision for me to make,” said Eden.
“But there’s no better team for me to return home to than Castleford, my hometown club and the team I grew up supporting. I’m really looking forward to the new challenge head.”
Tigers head coach Daryl Powell added: “I am delighted to say we have signed Greg Eden for the next two years. His athletic ability is exceptional which is key in order to play at full back in our team. I have been impressed with his development since he went to Australia and I am looking forward to seeing him achieve his rich potential with us over the coming years.”
Steve Gill, Tigers CEO said: “I am really pleased to welcome Greg back to his hometown club. He has spent the last two seasons over at the Brisbane Broncos, and we feel sure he will be a great asset to the our club.”