Moore moves to Rhinos
Richard Moore is heading back to Leeds, the club where he began his career, after signing a three-year deal with the Rhinos.
Last Updated: 12/08/11 11:17am
Prop Richard Moore has become the latest Crusaders player to find a new club after it was announced he has signed a three-year deal with Leeds.
The 30-year-old started his career with the Rhinos, coming through their academy, before moving on to Bradford, Leigh and Wakefield.
He made over a century of appearances for the Wildcats before joining Crusaders on a three-year contract during the last off-season.
However the Welsh club dramatically withdrew their Super League licence application at the last minute and many of their players have now sealed deals for next season and beyond with other top-flight clubs.
"It is a great opportunity for me to come back to Leeds Rhinos, a club that I never wanted to leave back at the start of my career," he said.
"I have matured both as a player and a person since my days in the academy and I am looking forward to being part of this great club again.
"Once you leave Leeds, you never normally get another chance to play for the club again and I can not explain how happy I am to be back at the Rhinos."
Moore is particularly looking forward to playing alongside England international Jamie Peacock - provided he can force his way into the team.
"Leeds have got a fantastic squad and they are strong in my position with six top-class props," he added.
"I know I will have my work cut out from day one in pre-season to earn my place in the side but that is my determination.
"I am looking forward to playing alongside Jamie Peacock again and learning off him."
Rhinos coach Brian McDermott is delighted with his latest recruit as the Yorkshire club continue to overhaul their playing squad for next year.
"Richard is a player with huge potential even though he is 30," McDermott said. "He is very dynamic and the game to break down defences.
"I am sure he will benefit from being in our environment and fills a gap left in our squad following the departure of Luke Burgess earlier this season.
"He has been on a journey in his career and never wanted to leave Leeds in the first place."