Dewsbury Rams have lost out to Championship rivals Sheffield Eagles in their bid to sign ex-Bradford Bulls stand-off Kyle Briggs from Featherstone Rovers.
Dewsbury chairman Mark Sawyer said: “Kyle’s loan period finished this week and we had been negotiating with Kyle and with Featherstone to sign him for the next 18 months.
“We agreed terms with Featherstone which would have kept Kyle’s contract in tact on his Featherstone terms until the end of 2015.
“But unfortunately Sheffield made an offer which is 50 per cent higher.
“Sheffield were quite within their rights to make an offer and it is hardly surprising that Kyle chose to accept it.”