Halifax have signed Castleford’s young hooker Brandon Moore on a one year deal.
Moore, a former England Academy player, was the Tigers’ under 19s Player of the Year in 2015.
The Cumbrian, who trained full time with Daryl Powell’s first team squad, will start his Shay career with the club’s newly-formed reserve team, although coach Richard Marshall made it clear he expects Moore to be soon putting the pressure on players further up the pecking order.
“Brandon’s taken a look at us and he obviously likes what he sees because he’s backed himself to come here,” said Marshall.
“Initially, he’s signed for the reserve grade, but there will be incentives there for him if he can make that step up into the first team.
“If I’m being honest, I’m a little bit surprised that Cas have let him go.
“He’s a strong, dynamic hooker with some skills and some speed and there’s definitely some potential there for us to work on.
“We’ll see how he develops and take things from there.”
Moore could hardly have picked a more difficult position to try and break into, with last season’s number nines - Ben Kaye and Ryan Maneely - and another former Super League prospect, ex-Hull KR playmaker Connor Robinson, all blocking his path.
“It’s going to be difficult for him, but he knows that and he’s still taken the punt,” said Marshall.
“Ben and Ryan both went very well for us this year and they’ll be looking to build on that next season.
“It could be that we look to use Connor more in the halves next season, but either way Brandon potentially gives us more options.
“He’s probably not unlike Ben in that he’s a really strong hooker, but overall he will offer us a different kind of player in that position.”
Moore will be hoping to emulate the success of the last Tigers junior to make the move across West Yorkshire; Fax half back Ben Johnston.
Johnston arrived unheralded at the Shay two years ago after failing to make the breakthrough at Wheldon Road and has gone on to establish himself as one of the Championship’s best young players.