Last year was not the best one for him in light of some injuries he suffered but Joel Edwards will embark on a new challenge, signing with the Wests Tigers for 2 years.
The former Newcastle Knights and Canberra Raiders forward can play back-row or lock, and was a mainstay of the Raiders side previously before injury struck.
The 27-year old Cessnock Goannas junior is excited about the new challenge and Edwards is looking forward to working under Jason Taylor.
â€œIâ€™m really excited about the opportunity to join Wests Tigers,â€ Edwards said.
â€œItâ€™s a great Club and Iâ€™m looking forward to working under JT (Jason Taylor).
â€œHopefully I can complement the side nicely and grow with the team.
â€œItâ€™s a young squad but Iâ€™m really excited to work with the boys and hopefully help the Club get into the top eight next year.
So far, Edwards’ two clubs have been smaller, more homely locations but with the move to Concord confirmed, he is excited about life in the big city.
â€œIâ€™m from Cessnock originally and I went down to Canberra after my time with the Knights, so Iâ€™m looking forward to a bit of a change and placing myself here in Concord,” said Edwards.
â€œItâ€™s a great opportunity to come into a young, exciting team with a lot of potential.â€
Edwards has played in 88 games to date and Taylor hopes that that experience will help the Tigers side moving forward.
â€œJoel is a great acquisition for us and Iâ€™m confident that he will complement our current squad well,â€ Taylor said.
â€œHe has played close to 100 first grade games so he brings a good level of experience into our team.
â€œIâ€™m looking forward to working with Joel once pre-season training commences in November.â€