Daryl Powell believes new signing Gadwin Springer will be an “outstanding player” for Castleford Tigers.
They have paid a nominal transfer fee to bring the promising French prop in from Catalans Dragons immediately. He has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal and arrives on Monday.
Springer, 22, is a former Toulouse player and junior French international who Catalans were keen to retain.
He debuted for them against St Helens last year and has made three substitute appearances this season, scoring his first senior try in a home win over Hull KR and featuring against Tigers at the Jungle last month.
“Gadwin has shown this season what a great prospect he is and we are delighted to have signed a quality young prop who we believe will be an outstanding player for Castleford,” said Tigers coach Powell.
“He is big, strong and aggressive, which are obviously key qualities for his position and the fact we can bring him in now is a bonus. I look forward to working with him.”
Tigers chief executive Steve Gill added: “We had initially signed Gadwin for the 2016-17 seasons and when we heard he could be available straight away, we moved pretty quickly.
“Getting him here sooner was made possible due to additional funds raised by the growing Tigers Daily Draw. I’d like to thank everyone who’s a member for helping to make it happen.”
Catalans chief executive Christophe Jouffret admitted: “We are of course disappointed – he has great potential and could have a promising future.”
“We invested a lot on his development, allowed him to become a professional player and we regret that he did not accept the good contract we offered to him.
“However, we wish him all the best with his new club.”
Castleford’s 19-year-old winger Ashley Robson has a two-year contract until the end of 2017.