GOSSIP: Batley considering Halifax forward

TotalRL understands Batley are considering a move for Halifax forward Richard Moore.

Former Wakefield and Leeds star Moore joined Halifax at the beginning of 2015 and quickly became a popular player on the terraces at The Shay for his combative style of play.

Having played an important role in Fax’s top-four finish, the 34-year-old has made 19 appearances for Fax this year, although he hasn’t featured in Richard Marshall’s side for the last two weeks.

And the Bulldogs have swooped to sign the veteran front-rower, with his arrival helping replace the outgoing Keegan Hirst, who is expected to join John Kear at Wakefield in 2017.

Fax were thought to be keen on keeping the forward despite reportedly signing Ryan Boyle for next season, but Moore has instead decided to join Batley. He had been linked with a move to newly-formed Canadian team Toronto Wolfpack, however, those reports were completely false.

Moore will join an already formidable pack that has dominated the Championship this season. James Brown and Alex Rowe have impressed in Batley’s surprise top-four chasing season, with the Bulldogs currently ahead of Bradford in fourth spot.

Moore was part of the Bradford Bulls side that dominated Super League at the beginning of the 21st century before short stints at London and Leigh. He joined Wakefield in 2007 and made over 100 appearances for the club before spending a season at North Wales Crusaders.

A two-year spell with Leeds followed before he returned to the Wildcats in 2014, spending one year there before moving into the Championship with Halifax.