Gadwin Springer has returned to Featherstone Rovers having been released from his Toulouse contract early for family reasons.
The club met with Gadwin on Wednesday evening and Rovers have worked quickly to get him registered at the club.
Springer lives on the doorstep and is familiar with the club having played at the Millennium Stadium last year as well as having previously played under Brian McDermott at the Toronto Wolfpack.
Rovers CEO Martin Vickers commented; “We’re aware that there was a lot of interest in Gadwin having relocated back to the UK. We had originally signed Gadwin for 2022 before Toulouse offered him a Super League contract, we’re grateful to have the opportunity to work with him once again, he’s fit and raring to go.”
Rovers Head Coach Brian McDermott commented; “I’m pleased to have the opportunity to work with Godwin again, I think he’ll bring a lot of power and size to our pack which we’re going to need heading into the business end of the season.”
Springer will be eligible to play this weekend with the club having completed his registration before today’s deadline.
Springer signed for Toulouse Olympique back in November last year, just a month after it was announced he would be joining Elite One Championship side Villeneuve.
Springer had been confirmed as a Villeneuve player in October but chose to come back to Super League.
The French-Guianan prop actually came through the Toulouse academy before joining the Catalans Dragons where he made his debut in the Super League in 2014.
Confined to the Catalans reserve team, he then went to Castleford Tigers. The French forward played nearly 60 games in three seasons with the Tigers, before ending up on the periphery at the Jungle and moving on.
His next destination was the Toronto Wolfpack whom he helped climb to Super League at the end of the 2019 season.
After a shortened year in 2020, he returned to the Championship competition this year with Halifax, then Featherstone who recruited him during the summer.
Villeneuve agreed to the release to allow Springer to join.