Salford have signed forward Sam Stone on a two-year deal from newly-promoted Super League side Leigh.
The 25-year-old back-rower scored 12 tries in 33 appearances for Leigh last season, helping the Leopards win promotion to Super League.
Stone becomes the fourth signing for Salford ahead of next season behind forwards Andrew Dixon, Adam Sidlow and Ollie Partington.
Salford coach Paul Rowley said: “On behalf of all the players and staff I am delighted to welcome Sam to Salford.
“I’ve admired Sam’s work ethic and attitude from the moment he came over to England. These attributes were very evident in his performances throughout last season.
“Kurt has worked with Sam and as always been very complimentary in his admiration of him. A player with his work ethic and character is exactly the type of player we want in our group.”
Salford boss delighted to secure services of Sam Stone
Stone was born and raised in Australia and is of Maltese heritage. He made his international debut for Malta in 2018.
The Queenslander made 39 appearances in the NRL for Newcastle Knights and Gold Coast Titans before making the move to Leigh midway through 2021.
Red Devils director of rugby and operations Ian Blease added: “It’s really exciting that Sam has decided to join Salford Red Devils and begin his Super League journey.
“He is a young player we’re really excited to develop. We know he’ll fit into an already highly-skilled group seamlessly.
“Under the coaching of Paul and Kurt (Haggerty), we’ve already seen various players improve tremendously over the last 12 months and we hope he can join that long list during 2023.”
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