The Newcastle Knights has agreed to terms of a one-year contract with Krys Freeman.
Freeman, the son of Gary Freeman, has been playing at hooker with the North Devils in the Queensland Cup.
"We have acquired Krys in the last day… he had a really good year with North Devils,” coach Nathan Brown said.
"He’s another option at hooker and can help put a little pressure on Tyler Randell and Danny Levi.”
While Freeman plays at hooker, he offers the versatility of also playing in the back row.
The 23-year-old joins the Knights looking for an opportunity at NRL level.
"He’s here for a year and is a hungry kid and has got himself down here, he has a job and somewhere to live, so is going to give it his best shot,” Brown added.
"If he does make it that would be great, but if he doesn’t he will look back and know he’s given his best shot.
"We are comfortable with his form in the Queensland Cup and what he achieved.
“He had an unfortunate run with injury when he was with Penrith and sometimes those younger kids can lost in the wash up."
Freeman joined his new teammates at a hot midday field session on Thursday at University of Newcastle.