Sheffield Eagles have signed former Warrington forward Jordan Cox on a one-year deal.
The former Hull Kingston Rovers forward was released by Grand Finalists Warrington at the end of the season, leaving him on the lookout for a new contract.
Initially, Cox had a siege of interest from clubs in Super League and the Championship.
However, when he was forced to undergo a rare form of knee surgery, a number of offers were pulled from the table.
He underwent microfracture surgery, which helps damaged areas of articular cartilage but also had a procedure to trim meniscus from either side of his patella, while some floating bone around the area was removed too.
“At first I had plenty of offers, but when I told some clubs about the knee surgery, they were put off because they had never heard about it before as it was a very rare procedure.
“It’s all fine now, I wasn’t able to do much for six weeks, but I’m back in training now doing some running and I’m getting involved with the boys where I can and I’ll be ready for the start of the season.”
Nevertheless, interest in the Championship was still high. Among the clubs to show interest in the 24-year-old were Halifax, Dewsbury and his former club Rovers, but his arrival in South Yorkshire came after conversations with the club’s head coach Mark Aston.
“When I was first available, my preference was obviously to stay in Super League, but I’m pleased to be in at Sheffield and I like the way Mark comes across. This gives me a year to really show what I’m capable of and get Sheffield going again after last season.”