Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have signed Warrington Wolves winger Kevin Penny in a deal that will keep him with the club until the end of 2012.
The speed ace is a direct replacement for winger Damien Blanch who left the Wildcats at the end the season to join Engage Super League rivals Catalan Dragons.
Kevin made his Super League debut for the Wolves in 2006. His potential had been identified by Warrington when he was spotted playing basketball at school and he entered the Warrington Academy system in 2005.
During 2007 he was taken into the England squad and was named as a member of the Super League Dream team.
In that same Dream Team were former Wildcats skipper Jason Demetriou and Wakefield’s Australian back row forward Glenn Morrison, who was then a Bradford Bulls packman.
Since he burst on to the Super League scene he has played 44 games. While remaining as a Warrington player he has also been loaned to Widnes Viking and Harlequins for whom he played against the Wildcats at Belle Vue in Round 15.
Wildcats Head Coach and Director of Rugby John Kear said: “We’re delighted to confirm that Kevin will be joining the Wildcats in 2011.
“Kevin is a natural athlete who is blessed with real pace. As Damien Blanch has moved on we need a main strike player and Kevin can fill that role for us.
“Kevin is only 23-years-old and fits into the policy we’ve adopted here at Wakefield of signing young British players who have something to prove and the hunger to do well in the sport.
“He is an exciting player who has already proved that he can score tries at the highest level of the British game and we believe he can become a real favourite with our fans.”