Castleford boss cools talk of Solomona leaving

Denny Solomona celebrates scoring one of his 42 tries for Castleford Tigers in 2016. Picture: Andrew Bellis
Denny Solomona celebrates scoring one of his 42 tries for Castleford Tigers in 2016. Picture: Andrew Bellis

Daryl Powell has brushed off mounting speculation that record breaking winger Denny Solomona is set to leave Castleford Tigers.

After seeing Solomona race over for his seventh hat-trick of the season to finish with a club record 42 tries in 2017, the Tigers boss reiterated that his flying winger was under contract for two more years at Castleford.

Super League clubs Warrington and Wigan are believed to be interested in the 22-year-old player along with top Premiership rugby union clubs, but the Cas board has already sent out a hands off message and Powell is expecting to be working with Man of Steel contender and Dream Team pick Solomona next year.

He said: “Denny has got a two-year contract.

“There is all sorts of speculation around at the moment, but he is a Castleford player and that’s as much as I know.

“He keeps scoring tries doesn’t he? The one he scored out of nothing from their kick at the end of the first half (against Widnes), there are not too many players who would have scored that. As soon as they kicked the ball I knew it was a try to us because of his ability to get on the end of things.”

A decision, meanwhile, is imminent on Rangi Chase’s future at the club with an option to sign the former Man of Steel on a two-year deal following his return to the club in July.

Powell said: “I thought Rangi showed a lot of promise (against Widnes). He was really constructive and I think when they went down a man if he had got more of the ball we would have opened them up a few more times.

“We have to make that decision on his future and we will do it pretty soon.

“He has been a mixed bag since he came back. If we do keep him on he would need a full pre-season to get himself back to the sort of shape he needs to play his best rugby league. But I was really pleased with him and some of the things he did creating opportunities in a smart and tidy work were excellent.”