Widnes Vikings have confirmed the signing of Hull FC's goal kicking, second-rower Danny Tickle.
Tickle will join The Vikings on a three-year deal ahead of the 2014 season.
The England international has spent seven season at the KC Stadium but will join the Vikings next season. The 30-year old admits he's looking forward to a new challenge and working with coach Dennis Betts.
"Widnes are definitely a club on the way up and when I've spoken with Denis, the things he's had to say have confirmed this even more," Tickle told the club's official website. "From coming into Super League last season, you can already see the progression they've made.
"They're now starting to come together as a team and looking at some of the performances they've been putting in, it's obvious that things are only going to get better."
Tickle started his career in 2000 at Halifax Blue Sox, making 56 appearances and scoring 240 points before his move to Wigan Warriors. After spending five seasons at Wigan he was snapped up by Hull FC in 2007.
Tickle has said he believes it is the right time to join Widnes but is looking forward to finishing his spell at Hull FC on a good note.
He added: "It's another challenge for me and it's going to be a tough one. I had a good five years at Wigan and I've been at Hull FC for seven years. Now is the perfect time for me to move on and test myself again.
"Hopefully I can finish my time at Hull FC on a high and then I'll be in a position to concentrate all of my efforts into giving it everything I've got in a good pre-season, before pulling on the Widnes shirt next season."
Tickle made his debut for the English national team in 2002 when he played against New Zealand kicking four goals. He then toured Fiji and Tonga with England a year later making three appearances, scoring tries against the two countries. In 2003 he was named in the England squad to face Australia and to compete in the European Nations Cup. He scored 54 points on the way to England's victory.
Widnes Vikings coach Denis Betts has declared himself delighted to secure the services of Tickle.
"With the signing of Danny, we've captured a current international forward who is highly rated on both sides of the world," he said. "When I found out that he was looking to move back over to Lancashire, it was something that I found hard to ignore and I knew instantly that I wanted to bring him to Widnes.
"He's a great pro, very consistent, has a fantastic character and is going to add a lot to our team. I've worked with him before and I know that he is going to enhance our forward pack massively.
"Our recruitment has got to be of the highest quality possible and he ticks every box in the sense of what he's done, what he's achieved, what he wants to achieve and how far he can still go in the game."
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://bit.ly/12evFlH
DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.News Now - Sport News