Halifax sign Castleford Tigers’ Douglas as Moore joins Dewsbury Rams

Brandon Douglas.
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Halifax have signed Castleford Tigers’ teenage prop Brandon Douglas on loan until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old was promoted to Castleford’s first team last October, shortly after making his Super League debut against St Helens, and handed a two-year contract.

However, he has yet to add to that solitary appearance and will now look to build his experience in the Championship.

Douglas, who has spent most of the season on loan at Dewsbury Rams, will help Halifax offset the recent departure of experienced front-row Luke Ambler.

Halifax coach Richard Marshall said: “Brandon played very well in both matches against us this season. He will add more strike to our already strong pack.”

Tigers coach Daryl Powell added: “Halifax presents Brandon with a great opportunity to further his experience in the Championship.

“I know Richard Marshall and he is a quality and proven coach who will help Brandon to develop his all-round skill set.”

Meanwhile, Halifax have allowed Scotland half-back Gareth Moore to join Dewsbury on a deal until the end of the season.

The ex-Batley Bullodogs scrum-half has only made four appearances for them this season, having been a regular in the side in 2016.

A former Leeds Rhinos academy player, Moore has also featured with Featherstone Rovers and, in Super League, at Wakefield Trinity.

Coach Neil Kelly hopes he is the sort of organiser who could help struggling Dewsbury in their fight against relegation.

Widnes prop forwards Jay and Ted Chapelhow have signed new contracts that will keep them with the Vikings until the end of the 2019 season.

The 21-year-old twins are graduates of the Vikings Academy.