Mark Riddell has signed a one year deal with the Sydney Roosters for the 2011 season seeing him return to the NRL.

Riddell, who has spent the last two seasons in the UK, returns to the club where his career began in 1996 playing SG Ball and then Jersey Flegg.

As a hooker and second rower Riddell will provide depth and experience to the forward pack.

Roosters Head Coach Brian Smith said the recruitment was a strong one ahead of the 2011 season.

“Mark is a great player who can bring a lot to the club,” said Smith.

“He has plenty of experience and will fit into our system here well. We are looking forward to him starting.”

Riddell is also happy to be returning to the Club after his time overseas.

“I am looking forward to the challenge of playing in the NRL again,” said Riddell.

“I established a good relationship with Smithy while I was at the Eels and I am very happy to be joining up with him again. Jason Ryles and Anthony Minichiello are also great mates of mine so I’m looking forward to playing footy with them as well.”

Mark will undergo a medical examination on Wednesday 15 December before commencing training on Thursday 16 December.