Having only just returned to Australia to play in the NRL this season, Michael Dobson is not about to stick around for long, signing a four-year deal with the Salford Devils.
The English Super League side are flaying out the cash already for 2015, with the signing of Dobson to go with their acquisitions of Ben Jones-Bishop, Weller Hauraki and Kevin Locke.
With Dobson not getting a great deal of playing time at his current side, the Newcastle Knights, the half – who was hot property for many English clubs – signs that long-term deal at Salford.
For Devils owner Marwan Koukash, he looks forward to the competitiveness it will bring to his team.
â€œMichaelâ€™s arrival will give us four fantastic half-backs at our club, easily the strongest in Super League,” said Koukash.
“He will join Rangi Chase, Theo Fages and Marc Sneyd to give us options that the rest of the competition will be eying enviously.â€
With depth the key and his experience crucial, Salford coach Iestyn Harris is looking forward to utilising him.
â€œWe have been impressed with Michaelâ€™s enthusiasm for what we are trying to do at Salford. He is obviously a terrific talent and his work ethic and excellent kicking game will add some real value to our existing strong squad,” said Harris.
â€œA number of big name Clubs really wanted him next season so I am delighted we have secured his services. Heâ€™s going to bring a great deal of organisational and inspirational play to our line-up and his partnership with the three halves we already have will be one of the most exciting ones in the competition.â€
As for the man himself, it is a new challenge and one he looks forward to.
â€œIâ€™m really exciting to be joining a great squad next season and Iâ€™m looking forward to a new challenge at the Devils,” said Dobson.