Keighley Cougars have confirmed that centre Junior Nuu will join Bradford Bulls Reserves on dual registration.

Nuu, born in New Zealand but of Samon heritage, featured for Cougars in their away wins at Newcastle and Rochdale earlier in the season, as well as the defeat to Hunslet in May.

But Keighley feel he will benefit from some time in the less-pressurised environment of reserve grade rugby league, given he is still learning the game due to having made the tricky switch from rugby union.

Jake Webster, Cougars’ director of rugby, said: “Junior is an athlete and has all the attributes of a rugby league player.

“He is from a union background and needs game time, so I thank Ryan Hunkin at Bradford Bulls for offering to help out.

“As a centre myself, I see a lot of good habits and attributes with Junior, he just needs to adapt and learn the intricacies of rugby league.”

Nuu is in line to feature for the Bulls’ reserves against Castleford today, while his Cougars team-mates travel to Workington in Betfred League 1, looking to go top of the table.

The main blow is that star prop Lewis Hatton has been ruled with an ankle injury he suffered against Cornwall in Cougars’ previous game, a 26-0 win last Sunday.

But there is a welcome recall to the matchday squad for club stalwart Matthew Bailey, who is currently on dual-registration with West Bowling, alongside Keighley teammate Josh Lynam.

The full squad for that game in Cumbria can be seen below: