Leeds Rhinos sign prop Richard Moore from Crusaders

Richard Moore

Moore was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2009

Leeds Rhinos have signed prop forward Richard Moore from Crusaders on a three-year deal.

The 30-year-old began his career in the Leeds academy before spells at Bradford, Leigh and Wakefield.

Moore said: "I have matured both as a player and a person since my days in the academy.

"Once you leave Leeds, you never normally get another chance to play for the club again and I can't explain how happy I am to be back."

He added: "Leeds have got a fantastic squad and they are strong in my position with six top class props.

"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."

While at Wakefield, Moore was diagnosed with Crohn's disease  before being released due to salary cap restrictions.

" I had signed a two-year deal at Crusaders  and was feeling settled at the club before they withdrew their Super League application.

Richard is a player with huge potential even though he is 30

Brian McDermott Leeds Rhinos head coach

"Obviously that was a tough time with none of the squad knowing what the future had in store for them.

"I had arranged to speak to a number of clubs but once I had spoken to Gary Hetherington and knew Leeds were keen to bring me back, I was not interested in speaking to anyone else."

Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott added: "Richard is a player with huge potential even though he is 30.

"He is very dynamic and has 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."