Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have continued their rebuilding for 2016 with the signing of former Leeds Rhinos outside back Ben Jones-Bishop from Salford Red Devils.

The 27-year-old winger or full-back has signed a 12-month deal and becomes the Wildcats’ eighth recruit for next season as coach Brian Smith strengthens following their close brush with relegation in 2015.

Jones-Bishop, who scored 46 tries in 72 appearances for Leeds where he was twice a Grand Final winner, was just 12 months into a three-year contract with the Red Devils but Wakefield chairman Michael Carter confirmed his club have not paid a transfer fee.

Jones-Bishop said: “I am very excited about the challenge that lies ahead at Wakefield and playing a role in helping the club build for the future.

“I am looking forward to playing alongside my team-mates but I am also looking forward to developing and improving areas of my game working under Brian Smith.”

Smith, who beat Hull FC to the signature of the player, said: “The signing of Ben Jones-Bishop is another highlight of our preparations for progress in Super League in 2016.

“Young, fast and coming back home to West Yorkshire add a great feel to the qualities Ben will bring to our team. The try-scoring and try-saving potential through his speed and anticipation is an exciting prospect for all in the Wildcats army.

“Personally, I can’t wait to start working on the attacking combinations for Ben with players like Anthony Tupou with his offloads, Jacob Miller’s stepping breaks and the crafty passes and kicks of Liam Finn.

“This latest addition of talent and speed continues the Wildcats growth for the huge season ahead.”