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Phelps completes move to Warriors

Cameron Phelps
Phelps rose through the junior ranks at Canterbury

Wigan have signed Canterbury Bulldogs centre Cameron Phelps for the remainder of the season.

Phelps, who can also play on the wing and at full-back, was granted an early release from his contract with the NRL side to allow him to join the Warriors.

The 23-year-old former Australia Under-19 player made 39 appearances for the Bulldogs, scoring 12 tries.

The Warriors have an option of retaining Phelps for the 2009 Super League season.

Phelps made his farewell appearance for the Bulldogs, playing alongside the likes of Sonny Bill Williams and Hazem El Masri, in their 30-22 win over Cronulla Sharks on Monday.

"We have had our eye on Cameron for a number of months as an inexpensive young player with speed and agility who can add competition for places in our back line this year," said Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan.

"Hopefully, his performances this season with Wigan can then justify a contract extension.

"We would like to thank Canterbury for agreeing to release Cameron early."

Phelps, who was in his third season with Canterbury, rose through the club's junior ranks, and made his senior debut in 2005.

"I am excited about the prospect of playing for Wigan and, when I learned of the Warriors interest, it was an opportunity I just had to take," he said.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Bulldogs but this is a real chance for me to prove my ability in Super League.

"It's up to me to impress and earn the chance to extend my stay at Wigan."

see also
Wigan 38-14 Warrington
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