Newcastle Thunder have signed winger Kieran Gill on a permanent deal from 2020 after impressing on loan from Castleford Tigers.
He has scored 20 tries in just 17 appearances for the Thunder this season, as they look for promotion to the Championship.
Gill said: “I’m extremely excited to get the deal over the line, after a good loan period this year it was hard not to stay really.
“I’ve loved the last four years at Castleford and am thankful for the experience I’ve gained as a player and a person. Unfortunately, injuries didn’t go my way but with Thunder I’ve found a great club with great ambitions and I’m sure it will continue to grow.
“The coaching staff and lads have all been great and we’re still pushing towards that promotion and it’s great to be a part of and hopefully be able to be in the championship!”
Newcastle boss Simon Finnigan said: “I’m very pleased to bring Gilly in as a Thunder player. He is very good on the field for us and has been very consistent all year.
“The calibre of the player he is and the systems he has come through, we wanted to keep him. Off the field, he is excellent and is good around the group, so he is an important signing for the club.”