CASTLEFORD Tigers have appointed Nick Fozzard as their new commercial manager.
The 35-year-old ex-Great Britain international (pictured), who played for the Tigers last season, starts his new role just a couple of days after being forced to retire from playing due to a shoulder injury.
The injury ended the former Leeds, Huddersfield, Warrington, St Helens, Hull KR, Casteford and Dewsbury prop forward’s trophy-laden playing career which spanned 19 seasons in the professional game.
After swapping his boots for a briefcase, Fozzard is excited about his future career off the field.
“My body has finally told me to pack in playing and I’ve listened to it,” he said.
“The time was right to retire from playing and I feel very fortunate to have had such a long and enjoyable career in the game. I’m now ready for the next chapter and look forward to embracing some new challenges off the field.
”I was fortunate to have some different options open to me, but I was impressed by the ambition of the Tigers Board and can see how Cas is a club with a very bright future, particularly with the new stadium on the horizon.
“I’ve also enjoyed a very successful working relationship with head coach Ian Millward in the past. He’s very commercially aware and I’m excited about working with him once again.
“Everyone here was fantastic towards me when I played for the club and the fact I know the place and the people here makes it perfect for me. I want to make a difference and am determined to do so here with Cas.
“I’m looking forward to getting to know all the existing sponsors and better developing our partnerships. I’ll also be working hard on targeting new sponsors through new revenue ideas and will utilise my extensive network of contacts in the game and beyond in doing so.
“I’m keen to hear from people and companies who are interested in getting involved in any way with the club. I’ll be very pleased to hear from you.”
Tigers chief executive Richard Wright believes Fozzard is the man to take Castleford’s commercial revenues to the next level as preparations step up for the move to a new stadium.
He said “I was very impressed with Nick at interview.
“Although he hasn’t previous experience working in this environment, the presentation he delivered where he laid out some innovative ideas and a very realistic strategy for growth showed that he has the business acumen to be a success.”