Former Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers forward joins Championship club in major coup

Sheffield Eagles have announced the signing of former Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers forward Alex Foster on a two-year deal.

The second-row forward signs for the club after spending the back end of the 2023 season in the Super League with Castleford Tigers.

The 30-year-old is a former Leeds Rhinos academy star has also featured in the Championship for Featherstone Rovers, London Broncos and Newcastle Thunder, the latter, where he was named captain for 2023.

He also scored Castleford’s only try in the 2017 Grand Final defeat to his former club Leeds Rhinos with whom he made his professional debut with back in 2013.

Director of Rugby Mark Aston said: “We’re delighted to have signed Alex for the next two years. He’s a talented player who has Super League experience and will provide us with a real strike and gives further competition to our forwards.

“He’s a time in his career where he is after some stability after an moving club’s mid-way through 2023 and hopefully we can provide that for him.

“Alex is familiar with a number of the boys already at the club, having spent time at Castleford with the Jesse (Sene-Lefao), QLT and Cory (Aston), so he will fit into the group seamlessly.

“I’m really pleased to get a player of Alex’s pedigree into the club, and I’m looking forward to seeing him represent the club in 2024.”

This is the latest in an exciting series of announcements for the club who also confirmed the re-signing of halfback Anthony Thackeray on a one year deal.

The scrum-half has been one of the club’s most impressive signings in recent history and he will continue in the Red and Gold during 2024.

With plenty of magic left to sprinkle on the Olympic Legacy Park turf, Thackeray will be looking to guide the Eagles into the playoffs once again after finishing 4th in the 2023 regular season.

“We know what Thacks means to the Eagles and vice versa,” said Director of Rugby Mark Aston.

“He has been phenomenal for us ever since he came on board and when we spoke about him potentially carrying on, he was more than happy to.

“We know his talent, we know what he’s got left and I’m sure the Eagles supporters will be delighted that our talisman is going around again.”