Tigers snap up Tansey

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CASTLEFORD Tigers have confirmed their fifth signing for 2013 with the capture of Jordan Tansey on a one-year deal.

Tansey (pictured) is looking to resurrect his Super League career after spending this year with Championship side York City Knights following spells with Leeds Rhinos, Sydney Roosters, Hull FC and Crusaders.

With his ability to play in a variety of positions in the backs he is seen as a more than useful squad member who will add strength in depth for the Tigers.

Head coach Ian Millward said: “We’ve picked him up for his outstanding utility value. He can play a few positions and we needed a player who can do that.

“He comes with an impressive CV having played with Leeds, the Roosters in the NRL and then Hull and Crusaders. He’s still only 25 years of age.

“He’s a player that’s done a lot of work on himself on and off the field and we believe, through consultation with a lot of people, that he deserves an opportunity to have another crack at Super League.

“He lost consistency in his life away from the game and went back to York to do the hard yards and get back on track. We’re very impressed by his enthusiasm and drive to fulfil his potential.

“We appreciate and respect the guidance he has had from the RFL with various life courses and support. They’ve given high recommendations that he’s ready to re-launch his career and we are providing Jordan an opportunity. He has the talent to be a great utility asset to us.”

Tansey burst onto the Super League stage in 2006 with Leeds where he went on to make 52 first team appearances. He moved to Australian giants Sydney Roosters in 2009, although homesickness meant his spell down under was brief after he made nine first team appearances. He returned to this country with Hull FC where he made 31 appearances between 2009 and 2011.

He joins Cas from York and had a spell with Crusaders last year after his contract was terminated by Hull FC before the start of last season for off the field reasons.