Mason Caton-Brown has left London Broncos to join Salford Red Devils, days after head coach Joe Grima said there was 'no chance' he would remain at the club next season.
The 20-year-old centre has excelled for the Broncos this term, scoring 11 tries in 17 appearances to make him the club's highest try-scorer.
Caton-Brown joins the Red Devils on a two-and-a-half-year contract as they build for the 2015 season.
Speaking to the club's website, Broncos general manager Jason Loubser said: "It wasn't our intention for Mason to leave mid-season.
"Salford approached us about a possible transfer and Mason decided he wanted to take the opportunity immediately for which we received a fee."
"As a club we would never stand in the way of a player if he wanted to further his career elsewhere and although we made an offer to retain him at the Broncos he decided he wanted to leave," added Loubser.
Grima added: "I spoke to Mason before the club's decision, which reassured me that I'd made the right decision of allowing the transfer to go ahead.
"Both Mason and I felt that his training and on-field performances were being affected by the enquiries made by Salford.
"Mason felt that as he already signed a contract two weeks ago it would be better for himself and the club that he be given an immediate release."
Red Devils head coach Iestyn Harris said: “We are delighted to sign Mason today. His signature shows our commitment to signing the best young British prospects in the game and putting them alongside players of international stature such as Rangi Chase and Kevin Locke."
Caton-Brown made his Broncos debut in September 2013 and went on to make 19 Super League appearances for the Londoners.