Leeds Rhinos have moved to cover the unexpected loss of James Segeyaro by signing Matt Parcell from Manly Sea Eagles on a three-year deal.
Segeyaro was the Rhinos' first-choice hooker in the second half of the 2016 season following his move from Penrith Panthers, but has said he does not want to return to England for the 2017 season, citing homesickness.
The future of Segeyaro remains uncertain, with Leeds having placed a £250,000 valuation on the hooker and flagged up the possibility of legal action.
Yet the Super League club have secured an alternative option at number nine, capturing 24-year-old Parcell for an undisclosed fee.
"We are delighted to have signed Matt and look forward to welcoming him to the Rhinos," said Leeds coach Brian McDermott of the former Brisbane Broncos hooker, who will join up with his new club in January.
"He is a player we have been monitoring for a while and were keen to bring him here before his move to Manly.
"His natural abilities will certainly suit the style of play in Super League. However, we are also conscious that it will take time for him to settle into this pivotal role in the team."
Manly head of football Bob Fulton added: "The Rhinos will be a good fit for Matt Parcell who is a young player starting out on his career.
"We are well off for hookers and this gives Matt a wonderful opportunity at a great club. Hopefully it is the start of a long-term association between the clubs."