Castleford Tigers bring in former Leeds Rhinos and Bradford Bulls player Alex Foster on trial

Alex Foster shows off a Castleford Tigers shirt at training
Alex Foster shows off a Castleford Tigers shirt at training
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Leeds Rhinos academy product Alex Foster has joined Castleford Tigers on a trial basis with a view to a two-year deal.

Foster, 23, made eight Super League appearances for Rhinos in 2013 before spells with London Broncos in 2014 - alongside current Tigers duo Mike McMeeken and Matt Cook - and Featherstone Rovers the following year.

He returned to London last season and then joined Bradford Bulls for 2017, but became a free-agent when the club ceased trading.

Foster - the first player from amateur club Wetherby Bulldogs to feature in Super League - said: “I'm really excited about the opportunity [chief executive] Steve Gill and [coach] Daryl Powell have given me.

“It was a no-brainer when I found out there was some interest. Castleford is a great club with a proud history. They have gone from strength to strength in the last few years,"

Foster added: "I'm itching to go, but for the first month or so I'll be completing my groin injury rehab and then I hope to nail down a contract here.

Foster made his debut for Leeds Rhinos in 2013

Foster made his debut for Leeds Rhinos in 2013

“I feel like Cas is a place where I can really improve as a player under Daryl and his coaching team.

“After talking with Daryl I am not narrowing myself down to one single position, I've played back row, centre and loose-forward over the past few years and I'm happy to come into the team and play anywhere I am needed."

Powell said: “Alex is a player I have always been impressed with, since his time at London when he played against us.

“With Larne Patrick and Oliver Holmes both still being injured I think we are looking a little bit skinny moving forward, especially towards the Easter period and so I thought it was a great opportunity to get Alex in.

"It’ll probably be a few weeks before he is fit and used to what we do, but I think he will really strengthen our forward pack and I’m delighted to welcome him on board. He can play in a number of positions including centre, back-row and in the middle, so I think he’ll give us some great options and maintain our strength in depth while we still have those couple of injuries.”

Gareth Ellis

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