HUDDERSFIELD Giants have completed the signing of Canberra Raiders centre or stand-off James Evans.
The 25-year-old joins on an 18-month contract and could make his Super League debut against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats at the McAlpine on Sunday (5.30).
Evans has booked the first available flight out of Australia and is hoping to train with his new teammates as early as tomorrow.
The big bonus is that the 6ft 2in, 15st back has a British passport - his parents are Welsh - and doesn't need a work permit.
That was the main reason why Evans quit Canberra to come to Britain, with head coach Jon Sharp delighted he has chosen the Giants ahead of several other interested clubs.
"I'm thrilled we've been able to add James to our squad," said Sharp.
"He is a quality player who gives us a number of options because he can play either centre or stand-off.
"I am confident James will add additional class to our squad and continue the push to cement our place in the top six."
Evans played in five of Canberra's opening six games in the NRL - all starting at centre - and helped them reach fourth in the table. He was contracted to the Raiders until the end of the 2005 season, but coach Matthew Elliott agreed to his release after Evans admitted he wasn't enjoying life under the former Bradford Bulls chief's regime.
That immediately sparked a frenzy of activity among a number of top clubs to secure his services. But with Evans making no secret of the fact that he wanted to play in Britain, the Giants held a trump card.