Castleford Tigers have signed former Warrington Wolves captain Joel Monaghan on a two-year deal.

The prolific winger, who scored 145 tries in as many appearances for the Wolves, was released from the final year of his contract by Warrington at the end of the 2015 season.

The 33 year-old had been linked with a move to Catalans Dragons but said he was excited to be joining the Tigers: “This is a team that are challenging for trophies and top fours,” Monaghan said via Sporting Life. “Cas are a very well coached side and they are a very good bunch of blokes. I know a couple of the guys but I’m looking forward to pre-season and getting to know the rest of them.

“It’s a great place down here at the Jungle and a very hard place for teams to come and get a win. When I told my dad I’d signed here he was happy because the Jungle is always his favourite ground to come to.”

Tigers coach Daryl Powell said:  “Joel Monaghan is a high quality and experienced winger to add to our backline. He is a proven tryscorer with good leadership skills and I expect him to help drive our standards in 2016.”

The arrival of the Australia international has further fuelled speculation that Justin Carney will be leaving the Jungle, despite his club-imposed suspension being lifted last month.