Castleford Tigers have signed French international forward Kevin Larroyer on a one-year deal and have immediately loaned him to Bradford Bulls.
The 27-year-old was released by Hull Kingston Rovers following their relegation and has since been training with their local rivals Hull FC.
Larroyer will gain match practice in the Championship on loan at the Bulls, a deal that will have a 24-hour recall option should it go beyond 28 days.
During this time, he’ll continue to train during the day with his new Tigers teammates as he tries to break into a strong Castleford squad that are considered major contenders this season.
“I’m absolutely delighted to sign for Castleford. To be part of this squad and this club is an honour,” Larroyer told the club’s website.
“I’ve played at the Jungle a few times against Castleford and I’ve always thought the fans and the atmosphere were amazing. I’m looking forward to embracing this challenge and giving my best to Castleford Tigers.”
Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell said: “Kevin will add depth to our squad while we still have Larne Patrick and Oliver Holmes out injured.
“Kevin is a player who is proven at Super League level and did a really good job for Hull KR. He can play in the back row and in the middle unit as well which gives us some real depth and competition for places, which will be really valuable as we move into the Easter period.”
“He is a French player who came over here to really challenge himself, and who played consistently for Hull HR. He runs good lines and he’s a pretty tough and durable guy who I’m looking forward to working with.”