Hull FC have announced the signing of Salford Red Devils back rower Josh Jones on a two-year deal.
The 26-year-old former St Helens player has been a long-term target of the Black and Whites, and becomes the clubs first signing for 2020.
There was interest elsewhere for Jones too, who returned to rugby league after a brief spell with rugby union in 2015.
“I’m really delighted to have signed for the club,” he told the clubs official website. “It’s been a long couple of months of negotiations, so I’m really pleased that the deal has gone through with Hull.
“I came over to have a look around the club and the city a couple of weeks ago. Both me and my partner were really impressed and that helped me make my mind up.
“The people in Hull are really lovely and there are some nice areas around the city, so I’m really looking forward to moving over ahead of the start of next season.
“I know a couple of the players at the club. I spoke to Josh Griffin last night and I told him about the news. He was made up for me, so like I said, I can’t wait to get over there now and meet the rest of the team.
“I really liked the ambition of the club when I spoke to Lee [Radford], Adam [Pearson] and James [Clark]. Hull is a massive club that has a hunger for winning trophies and I’m equally as eager to win things.”
Jones has been one of Salford’s best players in 2019 so far, averaging over 100 metres and five tackle busts per game. He is loved by the Red Devils fan base and that tells you everything you need to know.
His displays this year have earned him a call up to the England Elite Training squad, so naturally Lee Radford is delighted to sign the player.
“When you look at the calibre of other clubs that were in for Josh, it’s really pleasing that he has decided to join Hull FC because it shows where we are at,” Radford explained.
“I think it’s a really, really strong signing and it’s a great start to our recruitment for next season. I’ve been a huge admirer of Josh for the last few years, so to finally have the deal done is a relief.
“You only need to look at his stats to know that he’s a handful, but what’s even better is that he’s played every game for Salford so far this season. To have that sort of consistency is exactly what we’re looking for.
“Josh has the attributes to become a regular in the England squad which is hopefully an aspiration we can help him achieve.
“We are building a squad with a good nucleus of talented young English players which is exciting for us moving forward.”