Ben Crooks’ loan deal at Leigh Centurions has been made permanent, parent club Castleford Tigers have confirmed.
Crooks has signed a two-year deal with the Centurions until the end of November 2019.
He joined Castleford on a three-year deal in 2016, but spent the entire 2017 season on loan with the Centurions, who lost their Super League status in Saturday’s Million Pound Game.
Crooks, 24, scored six tries in 23 games for the Centurions in 2017. He made his Centurions debut against Castleford in the opening game of the season.
Tigers head coach Daryl Powell said: “Ben has spent the entire 2017 season with Leigh Centurions and has been one of their outstanding players across the whole season.
“We are well covered in the centre and outside backs and we believe that it is in the best interest of both Ben and ourselves that he should stay with Leigh for the coming season. I would like to thanks Ben for all his hard work whilst he was at the Tigers and I wish him all the best for the future.”
Leigh owner Derek Beaumont said: “Ben is a great bloke to have around your club and has really bought into the place. He has been a solid performer for us all year and will only get better as time goes on. His commitment to return from injury early to take part in the last few games speaks volumes for him.
“The fact he was prepared to commit to the club in either competition is another clear demonstration that the club is driving forward and our relegation is a minor setback.”