Scott Moore gets Rochdale chance

James Gordon

Former Super League hooker Scott Moore has been handed a chance to return to rugby league with Championship side Rochdale.

Moore, 30, was recently released from prison after serving eight months for dangerous driving and assault.

He most recently played with Bradford in 2017, but started his career at St Helens where he made his debut at the age of 16, then the youngest ever to play in Super League.

The former England international went on to play for Huddersfield, Widnes and Castleford, and was named in the 2009 Super League Dream Team.

He said: “I’m over the moon to have signed at Rochdale and I’m really looking forward to getting back to normality.

“I’m excited to link in with the boys and staff and I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings.”

Moore also spent a year in the NRL with North Queensland Cowboys, before returning to the UK with London Broncos and Wakefield.

Coach Carl Forster said: “Scott is a great capture for us. 

“We’ve beaten off competition to bring him in and I’m delighted he’s chosen us.

“His quality is unquestionable and his experience will be huge. It’s my job to get the best out of him and I’m confident I’ll do that.”

Rochdale Hornets CEO, Steve Kerr added: “While we acknowledge and understand the circumstances around why Scott has been away from the game, we are excited to have him with us in 2019 and believe we can provide him with the environment and opportunity to further his already impressive rugby league career. 

“I have spoken with Scott on a number of occasions and from the discussions we have had, I know he will be a great asset to us both on and off the field.

“Carl (Forster) has worked really hard with Scott to get this over the line, and while there were other clubs interested in acquiring Scott’s services, the chance of working with Carl and his staff in the family environment we have at Hornets was too good to turn down.”