Larne Patrick has joined Castleford Tigers on a permanent basis on a three-year contract.
The 27-year-old forward joined the Tigers on loan until the end of this season from Huddersfield Giants in April.
He made 10 appearances for the Giants this season before being allowed to leave after being told his contract would not be extended.
He made his Huddersfield debut in 2009 and went on to make over 100 appearances for the Giants.
He spent the whole of the 2015 season on loan at Wigan Warriors.
As a youngster, Patrick rose through the Bradford Bull academy before moving to Australian side Narrabeen Sharks.
He has represented Wales and appeared in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup for his country playing against USA, Cook Islands and Italy.
Patrick is delighted to join Castleford permanently.
He said: “I’m over the moon, it’s a great club to be at. I’ve enjoyed the last five or six weeks and I’m really looking forward to the next three years here.”
Tigers head coach Daryl Powell said: “We are delighted to confirm Larne will be with us for the next three years. He is an experienced front rower whose line speed in defence and ability to break the defensive line is outstanding. He has fitted in well while on loan and we feel he still has a lot of improvement in him.”
Tigers chief executive Steve Gill said: “I’m pleased to announce another quality player to be joining Castleford Tigers. Larne has impressed Daryl over the past few seasons and we feel his best rugby is still ahead of him.”