Salford have announced the signing of Ireland international forward James Hasson from Parramatta.

The 25-year-old prop or second rower, who played in all three games for Ireland in the 2013 World Cup, has joined the Red Devils immediately following his release by the Eels.

Hasson made 40 appearances for Manly and was part of their squad that reached the NRL Grand Final in 2013 before moving to Parramatta at the end of last season. He failed to break into their NRL team.

Salford coach Ian Watson said: “James is a player that adds some real competitiveness to our squad.

“We’ve had some injuries to our middles with Adam Walne and George Griffin, and James is exactly the kind of player that can step into that role. His NRL experience with Manly and Parramatta will be invaluable.

“James is a tough, no-nonsense player who runs hard and direct lines but also has the ability to play a good offload game. His defence is first rate and he is a good fit for our style of play.

“His attitude and desire to come on board with us has been superb, and I’m sure he will slot straight into the playing group over the coming weeks.”

Salford freed up space on the salary cap through the transfer of winger Justin Carney to Hull KR to enable them to bring in Hasson, who was born in the London borough of Hillingdon and, therefore, does not count on the club’s overseas quota.