Sheffield Eagles have confirmed the signing of Halifax winger Rob Worrincy who is currently serving a ban for breaching betting regulations.
The 29-year-old speedster made 57 appearances for the Eagles in two different spells between 2005 and 2008, before leaving to join Halifax from the start of 2009.
He spent the majority of last season on the sidelines after being found guilty of breaching betting rules in March.
He was initially banned for six months by the Rugby Football League, which was later increased to nine months, thus ruling him out of any action in 2014. His ban runs out on Christmas Eve.
Despite his chequered history, Eagles boss Mark Aston says he is delighted to reacquire the services of Worrincy on a one-year deal.
Aston said: “Rob can score tries. He was very good the last time he was here; he is an athlete and will certainly add competition for places.
“It’s good that he has come back; we need as many people as possible that will score points.”
Worrincy left Sheffield under a cloud following his last spell in South Yorkshire, to join a Halifax side who have been one of the Eagles’ main rivals in the higher echelons of the Championship table.
He has since taken some flak from Eagles supporters on the terraces, but Aston is confident the fans will react positively to his return.
He added: “I’m sure he will become one of the fans’ favourites again. He left because he believed he was going on to something bigger and better; that’s life.
“He understands that there is no guaranteed place in the team for him, he will have to fight for a shirt and he will have to fight to win over the fans.
“He obviously hasn’t played for a while but he will come into pre-season and get to where he needs to be.”