Billed by St George Illawarra Dragons fans as a solid prospect, Reece Robson will instead join the North Queensland Cowboys.
The promising hooker or running forward has signed a four-year deal with the Cowboys.
Since making his debut last season, Robson has played in eight NRL games.
As his stock rises, the Cowboys believe they have pounced on a good prospect moving forward for their hooker stocks.
“We believe Reece Robson is one of the best young hookers in the competition,” Cowboys Director of Football Peter Parr said.
“Strong dummy half play is crucial to any side and Reece’s signing gives us significant depth in an extremely important position.”