Rochdale Hornets have announced the signing of forward Paul Brearley until the end of the 2021 season.
The back-rower has been out of the game since leaving Halifax Panthers earlier this year due to work commitments.
He has worked with Head Coach Matt Calland before at Community side Rochdale Mayfield.
Rochdale have been struggling with injuries over the last couple of games. Gavin Bennion pulled out of their game against Hunslet after picking up an injury in the warm up. Adam Hesketh and Jimmy Connaughton also failed to finish the game.
Meanwhile, Joe Taira missed the game after returning a positive COVID test and is still self-isolating.
Calland told the club website: “We’re really lucky to bring in Brearley. He fulfilled his childhood dream at getting his Super League contract with Toronto, but then that was taken away from him.
“He has a really good business and was busy with that and had to leave Halifax and decided to retire. But I gave him a call with all the injuries and managed to talk him around into coming back to play.
“I know him well and he said he’s only come back through our relationship. He is a local lad and is a big, strong second-rower. He’s a leader and will be great to have around and exactly what we need at this time.”