Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have signed Parramatta Eels second row Matt Ryan on a two-year deal.
The 25-year-old is the second player to move to the Wildcats from the NRL in the last month after fellow Australian Scott Anderson joined from Brisbane.
"My manager called me and said Wakefield were interested and it sounded like a great opportunity," he told BBC Radio Leeds.
"This is something I've always wanted to do."
He added: "I've spoken to a couple of boys I know over here and I used to play with (Wildcats prop) Taulima Tautai. They all told me good things.
"I want to test myself in the league and I can't wait to get over there in early January."