Salford Red Devils have signed back-row forward Jack Wells following his departure from north-west rivals Wigan.
It was expected that Wells would join Salford along with England winger Joe Burgess when Wigan announced that the pair were leaving on 4 December.
Wells, 23, becomes the fourth signing made by new Salford head coach Richard Marshall, all from their neighbours.
Former Salford season-ticket holder Wells will be joining his hometown club.
He has been out on loan to both Swinton and Toronto Wolfpack during an injury-hit four years with Wigan.
"I'm looking forward to starting a new chapter," said Wells, who came through the ranks at Salford-based amateur club Folly Lane before signing for Wigan.
"To do that at my hometown club really means a lot.
"When I watched the Salford players walk out before a match as a young fan, I'd look at them in awe. The thought of doing that myself is surreal.
"I was a season ticket holder for 10 years. Players like Andy Coley and Stuart Littler inspired me to start my career."
Salford director of rugby and operations Ian Blease said: "Having people like Jack, who have a deep personal connection with the club, is a huge positive.
"With the assistance of our medical team, I'm excited to see what he can bring to our pack at peak condition."