Castleford Tigers unlikely to make any more signings

Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell talks to his players in pre-season training. Picture: MATTHEW MERRICK
Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell talks to his players in pre-season training. Picture: MATTHEW MERRICK
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Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell does not expect to sign any more players before the start of the season – but he has not ruled it out all together.

Although the Tigers have lost playmaker Rangi Chase, plus Jordan Thompson, Jonathan Walker and Keith Mason, they still have 20 of last term’s first team squad and have added eight new boys as well as signing up 10 players for the future who will play in the under 19s academy side.

Powell is happy with the recruitment, which he believes gives him a stronger squad and will create some big competition for first team places in 2014.

After several years when Cas have had to rely on rookie youngsters to fill gaps in the squad when injuries have occurred they will have experience to call on now, having aimed to effectively have two players for every position.

“There probably won’t be any more signings, but you never say never,” said Powell.

“We’re not too far away and it’s pretty much done to be honest.

“I can’t see us signing anyone else, although I wouldn’t rule it out completely.

“I think we’ve done a pretty good job with the recruitment and this year I feel we will have strength in depth with good competition in every position. If you are not playing well you will not be in the team.”

As well as strengthening at first team level Powell wants to make sure that Castleford continue to develop their own talent and will be keeping an eye on the players signed for the academy side.

He added: “It’s good we’ve signed some players for the future as well.

“Castleford Tigers have been successful in the past signing young players from the area and developing them. You only have to look at the first team squad and see how many local young players are in the team at the moment.

“It’s been a massive feather in Castleford’s cap in the past and we’re hoping to develop more young players through our system.”