In a complex negotiation, Howes Etc has paved the way for 22-year-old centre Ben Crooks to cut short his contract with NRL club Parramatta Eels and return to Super League with a three-year contract with hometown Castleford Tigers.
Crooks, the son of Great Britain packman Lee, parted company with Hull FC in his third season of first grade rugby in 2014 to join the Eels on a two-year contract.
In 2013, goalkicker Crooks was crowned Super League Young Player of the Year and elected into the Super League Dream Team, having topped FC’s try chart.
The complexity of the latest deal involved Howes Etc gaining a release from the Eels contract, negotiating a transfer fee with Hull FC, who had retained Crooks’ registration with the RFL and agreeing the terms of the three-year contract with the Tigers.
A handful of Super League clubs showed interest in Crooks including Hull FC, Catalans Dragons and St. Helens.