Former Newcastle Knights centre Peter Mata’utia has signed a three-year contract with English club Leigh Centurions.
The relegated Super League outfit have signed the 26-year-old Samoan international, who is the oldest of four brothers to play in the NRL for the Knights.
He had been linked with a move to St Helens after bringing his Newcastle career to a close at the end of the 2017 season.
Mata’utia, who was in the Samoa team that lost 30-10 to England in Sydney in May, was recruited by the Centurions head of rugby Keiron Cunningham, the former St Helens coach.
Leigh owner Derek Beaumont said: "This is a significant signing for the club and demonstrates one of the benefits of having Keiron at the club.
"Peter is a proven quality NRL player who has age on his side and will add a lot to the squad.
"Although he joins us in the Championship, he is aware of our club's ambitions and his signing is indicative of his belief in that vision."
Mat’autia has played in 76 NRL games, including 41 for Newcastle.