Castleford Tigers have confirmed the signing of former Wigan and Salford prop Lee Jewitt until the end of the 2014 season
He has been brought in – subject to clearance from the French Federation – as a replacement for Ryan Boyle, who will not play again this year due to a knee injury. Jowitt, 27, has been playing for French club Limoux since being released by Salford last year, but is keen for a return to Super League.
“I’ve been watching Castleford from over here and they’re looking really sharp,” he said. “I just can’t wait to get out there and give it a go. I think I’m going to thrive on the high standards that have been set.
“There’s competition for places and that’s always good as it brings out the best in players. Cas are second in the Super League table and are known as a big club, alongside the same clubs that people say every year – Wigan, St Helens, Warrington.
“It’s nice to be up there with them and beating them. I can’t wait to get in there and work under Daryl Powell and show what I can do. I’ve got the rest of this year and I’ll knuckle down and if I impress then I could get a longer deal.”
He added: “I’m pretty confident I’ll get it because I’m coming here to play and work hard. When I spoke to Daryl the other day he said he can’t wait for me to get in there and start work and it’s the same on my part. I can’t wait to get my feet under the table and start going.”
Of his time in France, Jewitt said: “It has gone really well and it’s been an eye opener. I’ve learnt a lot about myself.”
Tigers coach Powell said: “I am delighted we have been able to secure the services of Lee, a player who I tried to sign at the end of last season.
“He’s a tough and uncompromising player who will add strength and depth to our forward pack at a crucial time of the season.”