What went wrong for Scott Moore?

Scott Moore on the charge for Saints but his time at Saints ended badly
Scott Moore on the charge for Saints but his time at Saints ended badly

WHEN he first emerged at Saints in 2004 after becoming the youngest player ever to turn out for a Super League club big things were expected of Scott Moore.

Aged just 16, Moore impressed observers with his pace and strength and with his outstanding footballing ability he was hailed as the heir apparent to Sean Long.

Scott Moore as a teenage sensation

Scott Moore as a teenage sensation

But this week instead of being hailed as one of the brightest talents in the competition he is attempting to rebuild his career after his sacking from Widnes.

Moore joined the Vikings on a three-year contract from St Helens at the start of the season but was suspended by them after only two games for an unspecified incident and was sacked last Thursday after another breach of discipline.

His ill-fated spell at Widnes followed an inglorious end to his Saints career.

His final season with the club he joined as a talented schoolboy ended in a disappointing display in the Grand Final and arrest on drink-driving charges.

Moore, 24, was eventually cleared of those charges but his arrest cast a dark cloud over his time at Saints.

However, most would agree he played his best rugby while on loan to Huddersfield Giants under the tenure of coach Nathan Brown, who is set to join Saints at the end of the season.

It is fitting then that Moore re-joined the Giants this week after his unceremonious dismissal from Widnes.

Brown is unfazed by the hooker’s recent troubles and believes he can re-create the form which saw him rise to the England squad.

He said: “Scotty was great for us in my first year here and it will be good to get him back into our environment.

“He has had a well-documented path since and this is a great chance for him to start afresh in a new town and team.

“He will be very warmly welcomed by us as we know the attributes that he can bring to our team.”

Huddersfield moved to fill the gap caused by injury to Tommy Lee and are to allow another England hooker, Shaun Lunt, to move on loan in order to accommodate Moore on their salary cap.

However, Moore did blot his copybook with the Giants by getting himself suspended for missing training to attend an awards night in London with actor Micky Rourke but was quickly forgiven after serving an internal ban.

“I had success here last time and that is the aim for me again,” he said.

“The team is going well and my first challenge will be to get a slot in the side as there is so much quality here in depth.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to put some silly mistakes recently behind me and look forward to repaying the faith that Nathan and the club have in me on and off the field.”

Huddersfield managing director Richard Thewlis said: “The cap situation means that some alterations to the squad will be made with Scotty coming on board.

“Shaun Lunt has been looking for guaranteed game time which we can all see has been limited this year here for him so he will be permitted to move on loan as is his desire and I expect him to shortly announce that he has made arrangements until the end of the season.

“Furthermore, I expect more announcements in the next few days in relation to some longer-term squad matters that can now be addressed.”

Moore has signed a deal which will keep him at the Galpharm Stadium until end of the year, co-incidently the point at which his new boss crosses the Pennines to joined the Langtree Park revolution.

Should Moore re-find his old form at the Giants, who would bet against at unlikely return to St Helens for the prodigal son?