Fylde have finally got Moffat back

Hooker Alex Moffat has returned to Fylde following a lenghty spell at Orrell and, more recently, Preston Grasshoppers.

Given continuing injury problems with established hookers Martin Scott and Craig McIntyre, the experienced Moffat will give the Fylde selectors more options in addition to promising youngsters Ben Bullough and Tom Lavelle who have filled in recently at No.2.

Coach Stuart Connell said: "We're delighted that Alex has agreed to rejoin the club.

"He has substantial experience with Orrell, including at Premiership level, and will be a very useful addition to our first team squad.

"He is a highly competitive player who will be a great asset in these crucial final three months of the season."

Moffat first joined the club as a raw youngster back in the 1990/91 season.

He shadowed then skipper Mike Dixon for a season or two (including a famous sending off in Fylde's National Three promotion clincher against Otley on the last day of the 1991/2 season) before making the hooker's position his own in 1992/3.

He moved to Orrell in September 1994 with the words of the then coach Graham Smith ringing in his ears: "We wish him all the best for the future.

"If a player wants to move to a higher division club to better himself then he goes with our best wishes. But we would welcome him back if he ever decides to return to Fylde".

It's taken almost a decade but he's back!

Connell went on to praise the two young stand-in hookers: "Both Ben Bullough and Tom Lavelle have done extremely well in difficult circumstances when both Martin Scott and Craig McIntyre were ruled out through injury and illness simultaneously.

"They both have very promising playing careers ahead of them."

Other good news for Fylde is the imminent return of ex-Irish international backrower Dylan O'Grady after suspension and threequarter Karl Long following knee surgery.