Castleford Tigers have signed utility player Matt Cook from London Broncos on a two-year deal from the start of 2015.
The 27-year-old, who has made 22 appearances for the Broncos this season, will link up with the Tigers over the winter, and becomes the club’s fourth signing for next season alongside fellow London star Denny Solomona.
Cook said: “I’m excited by how the Tigers are playing this season. I already know a few of the boys and I’ve heard nothing but good things about the place, the players and the coaches.
“I’m looking forward to having room for my own game to improve and I feel that I can only get better under Daryl Powell. To be part of a club that is challenging for silverware and to be part of what they have built here will really be something special.”
“I had a very brief loan spell with Castleford Tigers back in 2008 and got to experience the atmosphere the fans create. I relish the chance to get playing out there and the move up to Yorkshire will be great for me.”
Rovers coach Daryl Powell said: “Matt Cook is a quality individual player. I have been hugely impressed with him this season as a performer and a leader throughout a tough season for London.
“His size and strength will be great for us next season and his ability to play in both front and back row is a great attribute.”
Prop Garreth Carvell has signed a permanent deal to stay at Castleford until the end of this season, following his recent release from Hull FC.
Carvell, who initially joined the Tigers on loan, said: “I’m loving it here at Castleford.
“I knew a few of the lads beforehand so it’s been pretty easy settling in. They are a great bunch and everyone has made me feel really welcome.. It’s a great old style club, the people here are so friendly and everyone here works together and believes in this great team.
“I’ve worked with Daryl before and when the opportunity came to work with him again I was delighted to take it. My wife is from Cas and her family are lifelong Cas supporters, so it’s ideal for me at this stage in my career to be able to play in front of them and make them happy.
“There is so much here to look forward to. We are in the prime position to make this a big season for this great club. People may have expected us to be fighting it out at the bottom but to be fighting it out at the top is great for the club and brilliant for the town and the people of Castleford.”
Powell said: “We are delighted to sign Garreth for the remainder of the season. He has fitted in very well into the club and his experience will be important for us.”