Leeds Rhinos academy product Alex Foster has joined Castleford Tigers on a trial basis with a view to a two-year deal.
Foster, 23, made eight Super League appearances for Rhinos in 2013 before spells with London Broncos in 2014 - alongside current Tigers duo Mike McMeeken and Matt Cook - and Featherstone Rovers the following year.
He returned to London last season and then joined Bradford Bulls for 2017, but became a free-agent when the club ceased trading.
Foster - the first player from amateur club Wetherby Bulldogs to feature in Super League - said: “I'm really excited about the opportunity [chief executive] Steve Gill and [coach] Daryl Powell have given me.
“It was a no-brainer when I found out there was some interest. Castleford is a great club with a proud history. They have gone from strength to strength in the last few years,"
Foster added: "I'm itching to go, but for the first month or so I'll be completing my groin injury rehab and then I hope to nail down a contract here.
“I feel like Cas is a place where I can really improve as a player under Daryl and his coaching team.
“After talking with Daryl I am not narrowing myself down to one single position, I've played back row, centre and loose-forward over the past few years and I'm happy to come into the team and play anywhere I am needed."
Powell said: “Alex is a player I have always been impressed with, since his time at London when he played against us.
“With Larne Patrick and Oliver Holmes both still being injured I think we are looking a little bit skinny moving forward, especially towards the Easter period and so I thought it was a great opportunity to get Alex in.
"It’ll probably be a few weeks before he is fit and used to what we do, but I think he will really strengthen our forward pack and I’m delighted to welcome him on board. He can play in a number of positions including centre, back-row and in the middle, so I think he’ll give us some great options and maintain our strength in depth while we still have those couple of injuries.”