Moore returns to Batley following release from Wakefield Wildcats contract

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GARETH Moore has re-signed for Batley Bulldogs following his release from Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

The 22-year-old was released from the final year of his Wildcats contract last week to pursue a business interest away from the game.

He still wants to play rugby league part-time, however, and Bulldogs have wasted no time in taking back their half-back.

“I had a year remaining on my contract and the option was there to try and fight for my place or take up the offer of a business venture,” said Moore.

“I’ve got a young family and they have to be my number one priority so I came to the conclusion that the best decision for me and them was to take up this new opportunity.

“I’ve had problems with my back and hamstring in pre-season so I’ve not really had the chance to show what I can do in training but I’ve enjoyed being part of a full-time environment and I still have ambitions to get back into Super League in the near future.”

“I wish everyone at the club well and would like to thank the fans for their support in my time at the Wildcats.”

Moore only signed for the Rapid Solicitors Club last April and played five Super League matches in the red, white and blue.

John Kear, now head coach at Co-operative Championship side Batley, signed him for Wakefield but new Wildcats head coach Richard Agar believes his squad has plenty of depth in the half-back position to cope with Moore’s departure.

“We can understand why Gareth has taken up the opportunity and we wish him well in his new venture,” commented Agar.

“We’ve got plenty of depth at half-back with Kyle Wood, Tim Smith, Isaac John and Matty Wildie so whilst we’re obviously disappointed to lose a player with Gareth’s potential, we know we’ve still got a lot of quality in that area of the squad.”

Moore could feature against Wakefield this Sunday when Batley take on the Wildcats in a pre-season trial game Mount Pleasant.

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