SYDNEY BOUND: Chris McQueen signed for the Wests Tigers last week.
SYDNEY BOUND: Chris McQueen signed for the Wests Tigers last week. DAVE HUNT

McQueen makes big-money move

Rugby League: Former Kingaroy Red Ant Chris McQueen will be on the move next season, after the Wests Tigers penned him to a three year deal on Wednesday.

The 29 year-old will see out the rest of the 2017 season with the Gold Coast Titans before making the switch to Leichardt Oval, in a move believed to be worth around $400,000 per season.

The move could mean two former Red Ants start for the Tigers next season, assuming fellow Kingaroy product Matt Ballin is offered an extension to his current one-year deal with the club.

McQueen is no stranger to Sydney, having played 130 games with South Sydney before his switch to the Titans last year.

In a statement on Wednesday, coach Ivan Cleary expressed the hope McQueen would help nurture the Tigers' young crop of players as they push for a return to finals contention in the coming years.

"I'm really looking forward to having Chris on board for the next three seasons,” Cleary said.

"Not only does he bring plenty of experience with him, he is also an extremely consistent player.

"It is clear that Chris has greatly helped the Titans' young players develop in the past few years, and that will no doubt be a strong asset to this club too.

"Knowing how hard Chris works and how team-focused he is, I'm sure it won't take long for Wests Tigers fans to really appreciate him and regard him as a fan-favourite.”

Tigers chief executive Justin Pascoe echoed his coach's sentiments, and said it was as much McQueen's character off the field as it was his talent on it that led the club to pursue him.

"Not only is he an experienced representative player, he is also a great person off the field and possesses the attributes that we value highly at this club,” Pascoe said.

"It's a really positive sign for Wests Tigers and our roster moving forward.”

McQueen will join the Tigers for pre-season.