Dewsbury Rams have swooped to sign half-back Gareth Moore from Kingstone Press Championship rivals Halifax and he could be in line to make his debut in Saturday’s game at Featherstone Rovers (kick off 6pm).
Moore was a regular in Halifax’s first team last season but has been restricted to just four appearances this term and he joins Neil Kelly’s squad, who are battling to avoid relegation.
The 27-year-old spent two seasons at Post Office Road before moving from Featherstone to Halifax, while he also had two spells at Batley Bulldogs.
Dewsbury return to Championship action this week with the game brought forward a day as Featherstone face a crunch clash against London Broncos at the Summer Bash on Saturday week.
Coach Kelly was full of praise for his side, who produced a determined effort despite suffering a 54-6 defeat to Super League Wakefield Trinity in last Friday’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup sixth round tie.
Kelly revealed after the game that Shaun Squires was unable to take to the filed due to injury and his Dewsbury side had competed with other players carrying knocks.
Speaking after the game, Kelly said: “It’s very rare you get a coach who’s had 50 points scored against them saying we defended really well, but we did.
“Fitness took its toll in the end, but while our fitness held out we defended superbly – we scrambled well and showed a great desire to keep them out.
“I thought we were on the back of some tough calls at times that put us under undue pressure, but we responded in a positive way.
“So many positives came out of the game for us as a team. If we can defend like that in the Championship we will start to pick up results, but we have to be better with the ball.”
Dewsbury are now boosted by Moore’s signing as they aim to spring a surprise against a Featherstone side who are riding high second in the Championship.
Dewsbury will also hope full-back Josh Guzdek has covered from an injury which kept him out of the Wakefield Cup tie, while they were also monitoring the progress of Squires in the hope he could also be fit to face Rovers.
Kelly added: “A lot of players put their hands up against Wakefield and put themselves in contention and that can’t be ignored.”
Dewsbury face Batley at the Summer Bash next week when they will be targeting a third win over the Bulldogs.