Joey Brady is the latest player to be snapped up by North Wales Crusaders head coach Anthony Murray ahead of the 2020 campaign, joining from amateur club Wigan St Judes.
The England Community Lions international, who can play either on the wing or at centre, has followed exactly the same route as Gav Rodden, having signed terms with Crusaders a month or so ago.
With academy experience under his belt before he returned to the amateur game, Brady is excited by the opportunity to test himself in the semi-professional ranks.
“We’ve got a few really good sessions in already and I’m really enjoying it so far,” he said.
“I enjoyed playing amateur, but you always want to progress and you can never shy away from a challenge.
“You need to be a lot fitter at this level so pre-season is going to be really important.”
Despite stiff competition in his positions, including workmate Earl Hurst, he is looking forward to fighting for his place in the side.
Brady said: “You’ve got to challenge each other – that’s what sport’s all about – and you always need to be better than your opposite number.
“I’ve played with a few of the lads before and I know some of them well as I’ve been down to games in the past.
“They’re all your mates, but it’s really good to have competition for places.
“I’ve scored a lot of tries so I’ve been put on the wing a fair bit in amateur, but my preferred position is probably centre.
“I’m looking forward to working hard in pre-season and trying to prove myself to the coaching staff.”
Season tickets for the 2020 are now on sale, with a range of different packages available for both adults and concessions.