Owen leaves Castleford to sign for rivals

Richard Owen in action for Castleford Tigers against his new club, Wakefield Wildcats.
Richard Owen in action for Castleford Tigers against his new club, Wakefield Wildcats.
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Richard Owen’s seven-year association with Castleford Tigers is over after Wakefield Wildcats officially announced his signature as a permanent player – and he is likely to figure against his old team-mates in the opening game of the 2015 season at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

Owen, 23, has signed a three-year deal with the Wildcats after spending much of last season on loan with them after finding himself down the pecking order for a regular starting spot at Castleford following the arrival of Daryl Powell as head coach.

He made 14 appearances for Wakefield last season during his loan spell at Wakefield.

“It’s a good club to be at. I enjoyed my time here last season and think it’s a great opportunity for me to set my position here,” said Owen.

“All the boys are going to want to get stuck in and have a big season.”

Wildcats head coach said: “Rich was really good for us in the back half of last season.

“He fitted in well to the group and he’s versatile which will be good for us as we’re a little thin in that area. He’s a proven player at this level and has over 100 Super League games to his name so his experience will be an asset to us.”

Owen played 121 games for Castleford, scoring 59 tries. At one time tipped for an England call-up, the full-back or winger’s career suffered a major setback after complications following a leg badly broken against the Bradford Bulls, but he has battled back to full fitness.