Keighley Cougars are delighted this evening to announce the signing of Samir Tahraoui following his release from the Rochdale Hornets.
The Algerian born Prop returns for a second spell at Cougar Park after spending the second half of the 2015 season on loan at the club from then Championship outfit Bradford Bulls.
During his time with the club two years ago, Samir made 16 appearances and scored 2 tries and played in both the side’s play-off final defeats that year to Oldham and Swinton.
Since departing Cougar Park, Tahraoui has spent two years at Spotland with Rochdale where he played more than his part in the club’s sensational victory against Toulouse Olympique to secured the crown of League One Champions and automatic promotion to the Championship.
Despite a strong start to the 2017 season, the 6’6 forward fell out of favour and moved on loan to League One side York City Knights but didn’t make a single appearance for James Ford’s side after sustaining an injury which required surgery.
During his two years across the Pennines, the strapping forward made a total of 37 appearances for Alan Kilshaw’s side, crossing the line on 10 occassions.
Despite only being 26 years of age, Samir is a man of vast experience after playing outside of the Super League for a number of clubs throughout his career to date.
A former junior with Cheshire amateur club Crosfields and a Great Britain Students international, Tahraoui was on the books at Warrington and St Helens before having a spell in Australian regional rugby with Tweed Heads Seagulls.
He made his senior debut back in Britain with South Wales Scorpions in 2013 and joined Swinton that same year, helping them avoid relegation from the Championship.
Helping the Lions secure survival in the second tier, Tahraoui heaed north to Cumbria and spent a year with Whitehaven as they defeated his former club Swinton on a dramatic final day of the Championship season as Haven and Batley secured surival at the Cougars expense.
After moving to Odsal following the Bulls relegation to the Championship, he would feature in all of the Bulls’ opening eight games of the campaign, scoring a brace in a Challenge Cup victory over Workington, but would then go on to miss two months of action with post-concussion syndrome prior to his loan spell with Keighley and subsequent move to Rochdale.
The Cougars are delighted to welcome Samir back to Cougar Park and are looking forward to seeing him in our colours once more in 2018!