Wigan have signed Australian halfback Cade Cust from NRL club Manly.
The 23-year-old, who has signed a two-year deal with the UK Super League club with the option of a third season, will help plug the gap created by the departure of fellow ex-Manly half Jackson Hastings, who joins the NRL's Wests Tigers in 2022.
The Sea Eagles have agreed to release Cust from his contract but will hold an option to re-sign him if he decides to return to the NRL.
Wigan executive director Kris Radlinski said: “We have been working on his deal for a few weeks now.
“We contacted people whose opinion we trust in Australia including Trent Barrett and Blake Green who both gave positive appraisals of Cade.
“Our aim now is to get him to the UK as soon as possible to link up with his new teammates. We expect this to be before Christmas.
“We would like to thank the Manly Sea Eagles club for releasing Cade from his contract and we promise to look after one of their own.”
Cust played 27 games for Manly, largely as back-up to experienced halves Daly Cherry-Evans and Kieran Foran, and represented the Indigenous All Stars this year.
He said: “I'm extremely grateful for this opportunity and I am really looking forward to what the next few years will bring. I can't wait to get to work and play at such a prestigious club like Wigan.”
Cust becomes Wigan's third recruit from the NRL following the signing of forwards Kaide Ellis (St George) and Patrick Mago (South Sydney).Internet Explorer Channel Network