Cowboys snap up Moore
North Queensland have completed the signing of Huddersfield and England hooker Scott Moore.
Moore joins the Cowboys on a two-year deal as a replacement for long-serving dummy-half Aaron Payne, who retired at the end of last season.
The 24-year-old, who made his debut for hometown club St Helens at the age of 16 in 2004, has 138 Super League matches under his belt for the Saints, Castleford, Widnes at Huddersfield.
He also has been twice capped for England.
“Our coaching staff has identified Scott as a player who is very capable of doing well in the NRL,” said Peter Parr the Cowboys’ General Football Manager.
“He sees joining the Cowboys as the chance to take his game to even higher levels and we’ll do everything we can to ensure that happens.
“We’re sure he’s going to fit in well here and challenge for a place in our 17 for round one.”
Moore becomes just the second British player to sign for the Cowboys behind Welshman Johnathan Davies, who made nine appearances for the club in 1995.
He is the latest high-profile player from Super League to make the move to the NRL – a trend predicted to continue by successful imports Adrian Morley and Gareth Ellis.
North Queensland have also signed former St George full-back Clint Greenshields for the 2013 campaign after his departure from Catalan Dragons.