London Broncos have announced the signing of Castleford scrum-half Cory Aston.
The 24-year-old will join the Broncos ahead of the 2020 season on a two-year deal.
The former Sheffield, Leeds and Featherstone halfback will plug the gap left by current no.6 Jordan Abdull, who has agreed to join Hull KR next year, and partner fellow youngster Morgan Smith in the halves.
Aston made his Super League debut earlier this season and has gone on to make nine appearances for the Tigers, scoring four tries.
“I had interest from London last year and it was appealing to me but it wasn’t the right time in my personal life,” he said. “The opportunity has come again to join the capital side and I’ve jumped at the chance.
“I love the way the Broncos have played this season and after speaking to Danny Ward and people like Eddie Battye and Matty Fozard about the togetherness of everyone at the club, it’s now something I am really looking forward to.
“I want to thank all the coaching staff at Castleford who have worked so hard in giving me my Super League debut. The boys at the Tigers are a fantastic bunch and I will miss them all. My agent has been a huge part in this deal and so a big thanks goes to him too.
“Lastly I have to thank my better half, Lucy, as without her agreeing to move down south this would not have happened!”
Broncos Head coach Danny Ward said: “Its great news that Cory has decided to join the Broncos next year and we look forward to working with him.
“He has been playing well for Cas in Super League this year and we are sure he’ll work well alongside Morgan Smith and Jimmy Meadows next season for us.
“He is good young English half who has had to work hard to gain his opportunity at this level. He’s been in some good systems at Leeds and Castleford and earned his stripes playing plenty of games at Sheffield.”
Chairman David Hughes also added: “We are delighted to have signed Cory here at London Broncos as he is a player we have been watching for a while now.
“He is an exciting young talent who I am sure will fit in with ease here in the capital. We are pleased that Cory has told us how much he wants to be a part of the London culture through both living and playing here and every time we have seen him play he has shown that drive, passion and energy that we want and need here in London moving forward.”