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Castleford confirm Evalds signing

Castleford Tigers have confirmed the long-awaited arrival of Niall Evalds from Salford Red Devils ahead of the 2021 season.

The Red Devils confirmed he had asked for a release back in May, and had been strongly linked with a move to the Tigers.

He told the club website: “I’ve still got a job to do with Salford this season but it’s going to be an exciting year for me next year.

“I’ve been at Salford a long time so this was an opportunity to take up a new challenge at Cas and have to prove myself all over again.

“I had a phone conversation with Powelly and he spoke about what he expected from me and what he thought the club and himself could offer me personally, hopefully helping me with the international scene and things like that.

“It just appealed to me and the way Castleford play will suit me down to the ground. There’s some quality players over there and a few I’ve played with before, so it’s an exciting move all round.”

Head Coach Daryl Powell added:  “Niall is such a high-quality player with a real instinct for rugby league. He gets on the end of things and he’s got real pace, which we saw last year when he ran down Jordan Rankin to stop him scoring in the play-off match.

“That was a pivotal moment in the game and showed that Niall can do special things with and without the ball.

“He scores great tries, his passing game has improved and we think we can help him to play international football. He’s obviously improved significantly at Salford and we think we can help him go to the next level again, so we’re delighted he’s agreed to come to us.”

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