The Gold Coast Titans have boosted their playing ranks with the signature of experienced NRL player Eddy Pettybourne for the 215 season.

The Mascot Jets junior was granted a release by Super League club Wigan Warriors with one year running on his contract.

The 26-year-old,who had stints with the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Wests Tigers, is a handy acquisition for the club following the sacking of Paul Carter and Titans coach Neil Henry, in his first full season season as head coach, was pleased with the signing.

“He’s a hard-running back or front rower who’s had a lot of experience at the top-level and I know Wigan were very happy with his form last season,” Henry said. “He was prominent in their run to the grand final and had proved himself at NRL level” he told the clubs’ website.

“He has returned to Australia because of family seasons and we were quick to act after learning that. He’s be a valuable addition and we are very lucky to have a player of his stature to replace Paul.”

Pettybourne made his NRL debut in round 19 of the 2007 season for the Rabbitohs and played 91 games for the club over six seasons before switching to the Tigers in 2013 where he made 12 appearances. He made 18 appearances for the Warriors who reached the 2014 Grand Final.

Pettybourne represented both Samoa and the USA during 2013, playing in all four group matches for the USA at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.