Castleford Tigers’s new recruit Lee Jewitt is flying in from France this week and will join up with his new team-mates on Wednesday.
The former Salford prop forward has been signed on a deal until the end of the 2014 season, subject to clearance from the French Rugby Federation, and will give the Tigers cover in the forwards after they lost Ryan Boyle to a season ending injury and will be without Nathan Massey for up to two months.
Jewitt has spent the last six months playing in the French Elite Championship with Limoux and is now looking forward to a return to the First Utility Super League with Cas.
He said: “It’s gone really well and it’s been an eye opener.
Super League is the elite and you come to France and it’s a different level completely.
“The Elite Championship is their top division and it’s probably on par or a little bit of a better standard to our Championship.
“The release from Salford was a blessing in disguise – I’ve learnt a lot about myself out here away from Super League. Playing Super League week in, week out is the best life ever, but I was at Salford for a long time so it’s refreshed me to get out of that environment and try something new.
“It’s been a good life experience and it’s been good for my wife and children.”
Jewitt is pleased to be joining a team on the up in Castleford and wants to prove his credentials for a longer stay at The Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
He added: “I’ve been watching them and they’re looking really sharp; I just can’t wait to get out there and give it a go.
“I think I’m going to thrive on the high standards that have been set. There’s competition for places and that’s always good as it brings out the best in players.
“I can’t wait to get in there and work under Daryl Powell and show what I can do. I’ve got the rest of this year and I’ll knuckle down and if I impress then I could get a longer deal. I’m pretty confident that I’ll get it because I’m coming here to play and work hard.
“When I spoke to Daryl the other day he said he can’t wait for me to get in there and start work and it’s the same on my part. I can’t wait to get in my feet under the table and start going.”
Powell said: “I am delighted that we have been able to secure the services of Lee, a player who I tried to sign at the end of last season.
“He’s a tough and uncompromising player who will add strength and depth to our forward pack at a crucial time of the season.”
Jewitt, 27, started his career at Wigan Warriors for who he made his debut in 2005 before moving to Salford in 2007. He played over 100 Super League and Challenge Cup games for the Red Devils but was released at the end of last season.