Wigan Warriors have confirmed the signing of Andy Powell from Sale Sharks.
The 31-year-old will swap Rugby Union for Rugby League on June 1st, with the former Wales number eight signing a deal to keep him at the DW Stadium until 2015.
Powell, who is expected to play prop for the Super League leaders, will also line-up alongside former Sale centre Iain Thornley for the Warriors.
"I had interest years ago in doing it. I've achieved a lot in rugby union and I think it's something that I need to do now," he told BBC Radio 5Live.
"Wigan are such a big club and it's come at the right moment. They've been really good to me and they'll help me with the technical side of the game, but because of the way I carry the ball and tackle, I think it will suit me ideally.
"There were a few other league clubs that were interested, in Super League and the NRL, but Wigan was the one that I couldn't really turn down."
Wigan have also confirmed that Gareth Hock and Lee Mossop will leave the club at the end of the season.
Both players are set to join the Parramatta Eels, with the current Super League leaders revealing they’ll receive ‘significant six-figure transfer fees’ from the Australian outfit for the two England internationals.
Hock, who is on loan at Widnes this season, had initially discussed a move to the NRL at the end of last season, and both players have now penned two-year deals with the option of a third available.
Shaun Wane will hope to get his side’s focus back on the pitch this weekend however, when the Warriors travel to the KC Stadium for a tricky looking clash against Hull FC.
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