Wakefield Trinity Wildcats hope to give Warrington Wolves’ Simon Grix a chance to finally get back on the field during the forthcoming Super 8s.
They have signed the experienced loose forward on loan for the rest of the season.
Grix, 29, has not played since suffering a horrific spiral fracture to his tibia and fibula against St Helens last September.
However, the Ireland international’s 11-month ordeal could end if he makes his Trinity debut in Sunday’s opening Qualifier game at Salford Red Devils.
Wakefield, coached by Brian Smith, older brother of Warrington coach Tony, finished bottom of Super League with just three wins from their 23 regular rounds.
They hope Halifax-born Grix will bolster their chances of avoiding relegation when it comes to the battles with their Super League rivals and the Championship’s top four.
The deal was completed before the transfer deadline almost a fortnight ago, but was only announced by the clubs yesterday.
Catalans Dragons have secured a major signing for 2016 with the capture of Australia Test second-row Dave Taylor.
The huge forward, who has represented Queensland in State of Origin, moves from Gold Coast Titans.
Taylor, 27, has been under investigation after cocaine charges were levelled at him in February.
Catalans’ second-row Zeb Taia is expected to move the opposite way and join Gold Coast.
Catalans coach Laurent Frayssinous said: “The signing of Dave Taylor is fantastic news for the club and the competition.
“We are delighted to be able to attract such a quality player to the Super League.
“He will help us to make one step forward thanks to his experience at the very top level.
“His speed, agility and capacity to offload combined with his size will make him a good weapon for us.”
Catalans also confirmed yesterday that their former Bradford Bulls hooker Ian Henderson, 32, is returning to the NRL at the end of the season having agreed a deal with Sydney Roosters for 2016.