AT JUST 26, Scott Moore has already seemingly had more clubs than golfer Tiger Woods – but he reckons he has found a home at Castleford Tigers.
“Hopefully I can see my career out here and get settled,” said the off-season signing from London Broncos.
“That’s one thing I’ve not really had chance to do. I have been all over the shop, but hopefully I can get some good game time, play well and cement my position. Potentially I could finish my career here.”
Moore had a 17-game spell on loan at Tigers in 2008, when he was a St Helens player. He then moved on to Huddersfield Giants, Saints again, Widnes Vikings, back to Huddersfield, North Queensland Cowboys in Australia’s NRL and then London last term, before signing a two-year deal with Castleford.
Capped three times by England, Moore has had a chequered career, including some off-field issues, but feels he is now ready to put all that behind him.
He made the first appearance of his second spell at Castleford in the 18-0 pre-season win over Featherstone Rovers two days ago and insisted he already feels at home.
“It’s good to be back,” Moore said. “I am really enjoying my time here, second time around. It is a little bit different – I am a bit more mature and more settled now. It will take a bit of time to get used to everybody again, but hopefully that’s going to come.”
Moore is now living in West Yorkshire and reckons that was a big step towards settling in at Tigers.
“I have moved around that much I could just stick a tent up everywhere I go,” he said.
“I am enjoying my time living over here, because the last time I was here I travelled. It is completely different. Living around the corner it’s a lot easier getting to training, I am enjoying my time and I am looking forward to playing with all the boys. On Sunday we had quite a few out, so it will be great to get the full team together.”
Moore came off the bench against Rovers, with Adam Milner starting the game at hooker.
Milner had to play second-fiddle to Daryl Clark last year, but will be looking to re-establish himself following the Man of Steel’s move to Warrington Wolves.
“I think there’s room for both of us,” Moore stressed. “We are both versatile and we can play in more than one position.
“There’s probably room for both Ads and me in the team, we’ve just got to find a balance and get used to it. Every other club seems to do it – Clarky’s gone over to Warrington and he’s got Mickey Higham there, so they are in the same sort of situation as us.
“In the modern-day game that’s kind of how it works.”
Tigers were made to work hard for victory against Kingstone Press Championship side Rovers in their opening practice game ahead of the 2015 season.
“It was good in parts,” Moore reflected. “I thought we defended well and scrambled well, but we were way off with the ball at times.
“But it was the first hit-out and there was a bit of communication breakdown at times. It was a bit scratchy, but that’s what you’d expect.
“We’d be a bit worried if we’d gone out and won by 50, we wouldn’t know where to go from there.
“It is a starting point and we’ve got a base now. We can go forward and build on the areas we need to work on.”
Keeping a clean sheet was an indication Tigers are on the right track, according to Moore.
“Last year they were renowned as a team that can attack from anywhere and score a lot of points,” he said. “But they fell short at the back end and sort of got bullied by the bigger teams.
“We’ve tried to equal that out by being just as good defensively as attacking-wise. We’ve had a tough pre-season trying to do that, in the wrestle and contact.”
Moore was one of four members of last season’s London team – along with Denny Solomona, Matt Cook and Mike McMeeken – in the side against Rovers. Broncos tasted victory just once in 2014, against Leeds Rhinos in August and Moore was delighted to get back into the winners’ enclosure.
“I have had a year off from winning,” he joked. “It has been a long time. It was a bit of a different feeling and it is a bit of a different culture up here to down in London. There is a bit more of a rugby club feel here, whereas down there it was a strange feeling – we were trying hard every week, but we weren’t good enough. Up here we’ve got a chance of competing and winning a trophy, so it’s a good feeling.”
Moore denied the London experience has dented his confidence. He said: “If you speak to any of the boys who were there, a lot of them have re-found their love for the game again. It’s not always about winning. There’s a lot of factors that go into rugby, it’s not just a career, it’s your life. I don’t regret last year one bit, it has shaped me a bit and helped me as a player.
“You take the rough with the smooth, it was probably 70-30 in the good – the 30 being on the field. I don’t regret it, it has given me the chance to come back here and potentially see my career out on a high.”