North Wales Crusaders have snapped up St Helens academy graduate Cam Brown ahead of the 2021 campaign.

Brown, who played at Saints alongside the likes of Elliott Jenkins, Alex Eckley and Brad Billsborough, has been on the books of amateur side Pilkington Recs since he was released by the Super League club.

The 22-year-old, who normally operates at centre, is now hoping to prove himself at League 1 level with Crusaders.

Brown said: “I know a lot of the lads at the club already and I can’t wait to get started.

“I’ve not played for a while so I’m eager to get back out there on the pitch.

“I know we’ve got a young squad at the club so hopefully we can all progress our careers with Crusaders.

“For me, I need to work hard in pre-season, try to get a place in the team and, if I do, make sure I keep it.

“League 1 is a very good division and I’ll be coming up against some players I was watching when I was kid.

“I’m really pleased to have signed for Crusaders and can’t wait to get started whenever we’re able to begin pre-season.”

North Wales head coach Anthony Murray added: “Cam has come through a good system at St Helens and now wants to test himself in League 1.

“We love giving players an opportunity at Crusaders and helping them develop so we’re delighted to have Cam on board.”