Prop Michael Weyman will leave St George Illawarra at the end of the NRL season to take up a two-year deal with Super League’s Hull Kingston Rovers.
The future of the former NSW State of Origin and Australian forward has been the subject of much speculation in recent weeks as the struggling Dragons continue to rejuvenate their roster ahead of 2014.
And confirmation came on Friday from Hull KR chief executive Mike Smith that Weyman will head to England at the end of the season.
“Michael is a player of the highest calibre and you only have to look at his record to see that he’s been there and done it at the very top level,” Smith told the Hull KR website.
“As a club, we’ve targeted high quality acquisitions to replace the players who will leave us at the end of the current season and Michael definitely fits that bill.”
Rovers coach Craig Sandercock welcomed the acquisition of Weyman.
“Michael is a big bloke and a class player who will bring a lot of quality and experience to our team,” Sandercock said.
“He’ll also provide terrific leadership to our younger players and for them it’ll be a great opportunity to learn from someone who has played consistently at the top level in Australia.”
Weyman joined the Dragons in 2009 after six seasons with Canberra and was a key figure in the joint venture’s 2010 premiership win.
He has played 133 NRL games, four Origin matches for NSW and one Test for the Kangaroos.
The Dragons have bolstered their forwards stocks ahead of next season signing Warrington prop Mike Cooper and Raiders back-rower Troy Thompson, alongside Canberra playmaker Sam Williams, South Sydney centre Dylan Farrell and marquee acquisition Gareth Widdop from Melbourne.