English Super League team Widnes Vikings have signed ex-Raiders prop Charlie Gubb for the rest of the season.
It comes after the 28-year old was left in the wilderness by Leigh Centurions who reneged his contract for this year and next after not receiving a promotion to the Super League.
Gubb was left looking for a new home prior to Friday’s deadline and has found one in the Vikings, who are fighting their own battle to remain in England’s top league.
Gubb was thrilled to take his career forward at the Vikings.
“It’s been a bit of a surreal 24 hours, but I’m excited by the opportunity that has emerged to join Widnes Vikings,” he told The Sydney Morning Herald.
“I had a few different opportunities to consider, but I was excited by the one presented to me by [chief executive] James Rule and Widnes Vikings.
“I know that the Vikings have some quality players and some very exciting young talent, so I’m looking forward to joining them in the fight to sustain their Super League status.
Centurions owner Derek Beaumont ultimately decided that the top four English championship teams would hold their spot, effectively ending his team’s chances of moving up to the Super League. As such, he went back on the deal arranged with Gubb.
Gubb’s management was hoping that the Raiders might sign him for the rest of the season, but that possibility fell through after the June 30 transfer deadline.
Widnes interim coach Francis Cummins said Gubb would be a valuable addition to the club.
“Charlie is a no-nonsense front rower with an appetite for chasing people down,”Cummins told The Sydney Morning Herald.
“His signing, and the recent moves for Harrison Hansen and Liam Finn, have given us options and depth that we’ve lacked all season.
“Charlie brings maturity and experience to the team, and that will help to influence and support our own talented young front-rowers.
“He will improve the team, in terms of how we perform both on and off the field.”