After coming through a successful trial with the club, Castleford Tigers have signed Alex Foster until the end of the current season.
Foster joined the Tigers on trial in February and appeared in Castleford’s 19-man squad for the game against Leeds Rhinos, but missed out on final selection.
The 23-year-old was free to move to Castleford after the liquidation of Bradford Bulls. The former Leeds Rhinos youngster had agreed a move to the club after spending 2016 with London Broncos.
Back row forward Foster started his career with the Rhinos, joining the Broncos on loan where he played with current Tigers players Matt Cook and Mike McMeeken. In 2015 he was sent on loan once again to Featherstone Rovers where he played a number of games gaining valuable experience.
Foster already has experience at Super League level and will be looking to impress Tigers coach Daryl Powell as he looks to force his way into the team to make his Castleford debut.
He said: “I’m really excited to be at the Tigers, it means my two months trial here was so worth it.
“I’m really excited that the club have offered me a contract and this now allows me to crack on with the lads and hopefully work towards making my first appearance. I’ve settled in really well here and it’s great environment to be in,
“Matty Crowther (head physiotherapist) has been fantastic with my rehab and I’ve not had any issues with the groin injury recently so that seems to be behind me now and we’re just looking at the pectoral at the moment which is a little sore but that should be all good to go in the next few weeks.”
Head coach Daryl Powell said: “Alex Foster is a player who I have always been impressed with and after a brief trail with us I am confident he will play a role within a successful season for the club.
“He is a strong ball carrier and a tough defender. He will add to an already strong pack, alongside this he can also play in the centres and this flexibility will be invaluable as we move through the season.”
Tigers chief executive Steve Gill said: “Alex is a good quality addition to our squad and adds some real utility value.
“He has a great pedigree and at 23 years of age he has the opportunity to impress and stay with us long term, which we’re confident he will.
“I must say a big thank you to Craig Harrison, Alex’s manager, for his honesty and professionalism throughout the last few months.”