HUDDERSFIELD Giants have beaten off competition from top clubs on both sides of the world to complete the signing of Wakefield back-row forward Steve Snitch on a two-year deal.
Leeds, Bradford and Hull were all believed to be interested in the 22-year-old to bolster their Super League squads, while the new Gold Coast club in the Australian NRL were also keen to acquire his services.
But the Hull-based pack star, who is 6ft 2in and weighs 15st, has instead opted to join the Giants after turning down a new, improved deal from the Wildcats.
And Giants coach Jon Sharp is delighted.
``Steve is one of the best young British back-rowers in the game. He will be a massive addition to our squad for Super League XI and I'm looking forward to working with him."
The deal was concluded by general manager Richard Thewlis, who believes signing Snitch is a real coup.
"We were made aware after the September deadline that Steve may be available and moved quickly to secure his services," he said.
"The opportunity to sign high-quality young British players rarely arises and we were delighted Steve chose us ahead of some of the perceived bigger clubs in the game over here and abroad.
"I am sure our supporters will view his capture as a highly significant move in our bid to establish a top-six squad at the Galpharm next year and in the future."