Moore picked up by Giants

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Manchester Giants yesterday signed the England international Joel Moore from the Budweiser League leaders London Towers as they stepped up their title bid, writes Duncan Hooper.

Moore, who made his league debut 14 years ago and has won 43 England caps, found himself a victim of London's salary cap restrictions this season and made just seven appearances. Manchester, currently six points behind Towers with a game in hand, hope to have Moore, 31, registered in time for their match at Doncaster tomorrow.

Towers face Worthing Bears at Birmingham's NEC tonight in the 7-Up League Trophy final.

London, attempting to win their first title, slipped in their league quest last week when the Bears beat them for the first time in five meetings. Bears veteran Steve Nelson said: "We always believe we can beat them and last week we proved it to ourselves."