YORK City Knights head into their top-of-the-table showdown with Bradford Bulls this afternoon boosted by the recruitment of one of the club’s biggest-ever signings.

The ambitious League One high-fliers have this morning announced the signing of Australian forward Joel Edwards, a veteran of more than 100 NRL matches down under.

He has penned a deal until the end of this season, after joining from French Elite One side Limoux Grizzlies.

Rumours about Edwards’ arrival began circulating in the last 36 hours and the club have now confirmed the deal, subject to Rugby Football League approval.

Knights boss James Ford said: “I’m delighted to bring Joel to York, pending RFL paperwork.

“He’s an incredibly talented footballer and someone who improves our squad at an important time in our season.

“I’d like to thank Jon Flatman (Knights chairman) for all his hard work in getting this deal over the line, as well as the fantastic fans and sponsors of the club who have made this happen.

“I’m looking forward to Joel linking up with the rest of the squad and making a positive contribution as soon as possible.”

Edwards, 30, played a total of 107 first-grade games in Australia for Canberra Raiders, Newcastle Knights and Wests Tigers, before taking up the opportunity to play in France. The French season has now finished.

His arrival at York has come too late for him to make his debut against Bradford at Odsal today but, subject to RFL clearance, he will be available for the rest of the season.