Hull FC have thrown experienced winger Liam Colbon a Super League lifeline.
The 29-year-old former Wigan Warriors, Hull KR and London Broncos player has signed a 12-month contract and becomes the Airlie Birds’ ninth new addition for the 2014 season, although the club are still awaiting the arrival of Bath winger Tom Biggs.
The 6ft 2in Colbon, who was among the major clear-out at the Broncos when they moved lock, stock and barrel out of Twickenham at the end of last season, had faced an uncertain future.
“All the adversity I faced at London last year and the uncertainty of having a job really put things into perspective,” Colbon said.
“I've had to do an internship and look at coaching as I wasn’t sure if I’d find another club at this stage of the year but this offer from Hull came out of the blue and I’m really excited.
“I’ve been doing a lot of fitness training on my own and I’m just really looking forward to getting back into a team environment. First and foremost, I want to come in and gain the respect of my team-mates and then the coaching staff, but I know competition for places will be tough.”
A graduate of Wigan’s academy, Colbon has made 132 top-flight appearances since his debut for the Warriors in 2004, and has scored 45 tries.
Hull coach Lee Radford said: “Liam will offer us cover and depth on the wing with Jason Crookes injured and the situation with Tom Biggs still ongoing.
“I played against him on a number of occasions and he was a real handful to tackle. He brings plenty of grunt and intensity out of back field.
“He is coming for the right reasons and wants to get his career back on track. He’s weighed up his options after leaving London and wants to come here to prove himself and that’s what we want in players.”