Alex Foster has joined Castleford on a trial basis with the potential to sign the forward on a two year deal.
The 23-year-old was set to link up with Bradford after spending last year at the London Broncos but became a free agent after the Bulls were recently liquidated.
After starting out at Leeds Rhinos he spent time on loan with the Broncos before a spell at Featherstone.
Foster expressed his delight when Castleford registered an interest and admitted he only wanted to join the Tigers.
“It was a no brainer when I found out there was some interest, Castleford is a great club with a proud history,” he said.
“They have gone from strength to strength in the last few years.”
He did explain how he has a groin injury to overcome first but is excited for the future and is keen to show he has the ability to play a number of different positions.
“I’m itching to go but for the first month or so I’ll be completing my groin injury rehab, and then I hope to nail down a contract here,” he said.
“I feel like Cas is a place where I can really improve as a player under Daryl and his coaching team.
“I am not narrowing myself down to one single position, I’ve played back row, centre and loose forward over the past few years and I’m happy to come into the team and play anywhere I am needed.”
Castleford head coach Daryl Powell has been a long-time admirer of Foster and admitted it was great to acquire him to help provide cover with injuries to other players.
“Alex is a player I have always been impressed with, since his time at London when he played against us when London were last in Super League,” he said.
“With Larne Patrick and Oliver Holmes both still being injured I think we are looking a little bit skinny moving forward, especially towards the Easter period and so I thought it was a great opportunity to get Alex in.”
Powell did point out he will take some time to build up match fitness and become accustomed to the way Castleford play but thinks Foster will be a real asset for the Tigers.
“He’ll probably be a few weeks before he is fit and used to what we do but I think he will really strengthen our forward pack and I’m delighted to welcome him on board,” he said.
“He’ll give us some great options and maintain our strength in depth while we still have those couple of injuries.”