St Helens have signed prop Alex Walmsley from Batley Bulldogs.
The 21-year-old has agreed a three-year contact at Langtree Park and will join up with his new club at the conclusion of the Super League play-offs.
Batley coach John Kear told
BBC Radio Merseyside:
"We took a chance with him, signed him and I expected him to play half a dozen Championship games.
"He's been a regular and probably our best prop. It's been a meteoric rise and it's been capped by this move."
Kear continued: "Saints are one of the giants of Super League.
"He's attracted the attention of a number of clubs, but the club that I felt did everything most honourably and did everything by the book was St Helens and I was more than happy to help them.
"Alex has got that much talent and I was more than happy to help him."