Former New Zealand international prop Jeff Lima has left English Super League club Wigan to join South Sydney in Australia’s National Rugby League
Lima will return to the NRL next season after signing a two-year deal with the Rabbitohs where he will be reunited with former Wigan coach Michael Maguire under whom he won last year’s Challenge Cup.
29-year-old won two NRL premierships (2007 and 2009) in three grand finals with the Melbourne Storm and was named the Lance Todd Trophy winner as man-of-the-match in the 2011 Challenge Cup Final at Wembley.
Lima played six Tests for New Zealand from 2007-2009.
“Jeff has been a very consistent performer right throughout his career and will bring a wealth of experience to our club next season,” said Maguire, who is in his first season at Souths.
“He has a great work ethic, is professional in the way he conducts himself around training and in his preparation to play and has been a high-level performer week-in and week-out since I’ve been working with him.
“His experience will help the youth in our squad,” added Maguire.
“He’s a big addition to our team and will help to further strengthen our forward pack.
“I’m looking forward to welcoming him to our club for next season and beyond.”