FORMER Super League prop Richard Moore is set to feature for Hunslet Hawks in Sunday’s crunch home Kingstone Press Championship One clash with leaders York City Knights.
Moore signed for Hawks last night, just 48 hours after leaving Wakefield Trinity Wildcats “by mutual consent”.
The 32-year-old front-rower played seven games for Hawks on dual-registration last season, when he was a full-time player with Leeds Rhinos.
He said: “I enjoyed my time at Hunslet and it wasn’t a nice feeling when I played in the final game of last year, when their relegation was confirmed.
“When the club called me and asked if I fancied helping them get back up I was excited about the challenge.
“I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the task ahead.”
Moore has signed until the end of the season and Hawks coach Barry Eaton believes his arrival is a huge boost to the club’s hopes of winning this year’s Grand Final – and promotion to the Championship.
Eaton said: “I know Richard really well. I coached him at Crusaders and had a really good relationship with him them and he was outstanding when he played for us last year. He enjoyed it here and he wants to do me and the club a favour.”
Moore made 15 appearances for Wildcats this season and had played in their last seven games.
He began his career in Leeds Rhinos’ academy and had spells with Bradford Bulls, London Broncos, Leigh Centurions, Wakefield and Crusaders before returning to Rhinos in 2012 and joining Wakefield on a one-year deal for 2013.
Hawks director of rugby Darren Williams said: “Everyone at the club is delighted to welcome Richard back. He made a tremendous impression on dual-registration last season.
“He’s the sort of player fans like to see as he wears his heart on his sleeve and puts everything he’s got to give into his performances. He is the type of character who leads from the front and certainly someone you want with you in the trenches.
“We have left no stone unturned in bolstering the squad with improved strength in depth and added quality, and Richard will play a huge part in what we want to achieve.”
Meanwhile, the Hawks are close to completing a deal which will see ex-Leeds hooker Liam Hood join Salford Red Devils.