Ireland captain Liam Finn will be back in Super League in 2014 after being snapped up by Castleford Tigers.
The 30-year-old goalkicking half-back, who had brief spells in the top flight with Halifax and Wakefield, has linked up with the Tigers following his release by neighbouring Championship club Featherstone.
Finn, who led the Irish in all three World Cup games against Fiji, England and Australia, scored 1,484 points in two spells at Featherstone, where he played under Castleford coach Daryl Powell.
John Kear will go up against his former club Sheffield Eagles in the Kingstone Press Championship Grand Final at Leigh Sports Village next Sunday after his Batley side toppled favourites Featherstone 21-20 in extra time in a dramatic semi-final.
Rovers were on course for a fourth successive final when they led 18-0 after half-an-hour, but Batley, who needed extra time to beat Leigh in the semi-finals a week earlier, stormed back to force added time .
And replacement hooker George Flanagan kicked a golden-point drop goal to condemn their hosts to a first defeat under football manager Sean Long.
Featherstone Rovers have appointed Warrington's youth development chief John Bastian as their new head coach. Bastian, a former Rovers players, succeeds Daryl Powell who moved to Castleford earlier this month and will take up a three-year contract on December 1.
Featherstone moved up to second place in the Kingstone Press Championship with a 28-12 win over Doncaster at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Doncaster took the lead with Danny Cowling's 10th-minute try but Rovers eased into an 18-8 half-time lead thanks to three tries in a 15-minute spell from Greg Worthington, Steve Crossley and Tom Saxton, all converted by Liam Finn.
Saxton grabbed a second try within four minutes of the re-start to strengthen his side's hold and Lamont Bryan added a fifth before Michael Butterfield pulled a try back for the home side.