KIERAN Moran, who made 18 appearances while on loan to York City Knights this season, has signed for Sheffield Eagles on a one-year deal.

Prop forward Moran moves to the steel city from Super League bound Hull Kingston Rovers, for whom he made two substitute appearances in 2017 – his most successful campaign to date.

Moran earnt the plaudits of former Eagle and Knights head coach James Ford, with the 21-year-old being rewarded with a place in Steve McCormack’s Scotland squad for World Cup.

The front-rower didn’t feature in the Bravehearts’ three group games, but being called up to the national team was just reward for the youngster’s solid performances.

Having played his last game for Hull KR against Catalans Dragons in the Qualifiers, Moran will be hoping to help his new side reach the Middle Eights in what is expected to be a very competitive Championship Division.

Moran said: “I’m very happy to come here – it’s a big opportunity for me to test myself in the Championship with a great club like Sheffield.

“The World Cup was awesome, just getting out to Australia and being involved in the World Cup was maybe a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“It’s good to come back from there to the Eagles and hopefully kick on my career in the Championship.

"The Championship is a good, physical league and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Eagles' assistant coach Keith Senior added: “Kieran is valuable addition to the squad which is now starting to form nicely.

“He is tough front-rower but he says he likes to throw the ball about too, maybe as a 13, so we’ll see what he has to offer over the coming weeks!

“He’s come from a good environment at Hull KR under Tim Sheens and, while it can be a difficult transition to full-time work alongside rugby league, we're confident he has the right mindset to cope.”