Jack Briggs has added some local flavour to Oxford Rugby League’s rapidly growing squad.
The 23-year-old new signing, from Kidlington, has honed his league skills over recent seasons with amateur club Oxford Cavaliers.
Briggs, who can play at centre or wing, has also appeared for rugby union clubs Bicester, Alchester, Gosford All Blacks and Oxford Harlequins.
On signing, Brooks said: “It was unexpected and is an amazing feeling, it is great that professional rugby league is heading to Oxford.
“My aspiration for the season is to keep working hard.
“I am new to the game, but I am looking forward to the challenges ahead and working with Tony Benson and the rest of the coaching team.”
Head coach Benson said: “Jack is a big strong unit, scored three or four tries in the trials and has played strongly throughout the season.”
Briggs was Cavaliers’ top try scorer as they won the Conference West of England title last sseason.
Cavaliers coach Matt Walsh said: “Over the last three years he has become a real class player. His speed, strength and ability to pick the right line has meant that he has torn defences apart at Conference level.
“He is truly dedicated, reliable and gives his all. Making the step up to play Championship One rugby will really benefit Jack.
“Playing with other quality players will bring his game on in leaps and bounds.
“Rather than having to step in to do extra work at pivot or first receiver, he can concentrate on exploiting space out on the fringes.”