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Castleford snap up Army half on trial

A serving Lance Corporal in 3 Para, Wheeldon began his trial period with the club at the start of January and has been involved in the start of the 2021 pre-season after being granted a temporary release from active service.

The 24-year-old has featured for the British Army’s Senior XV before joining Quins in 2019 and is now looking to pursue opportunities in rugby league.

Wheeldon said: “This is my eighth year in the army. I played army rugby union First Team, so I’ve always been a union-dominant player. I’ve played in high-end games like Army vs. Navy and obviously got poached for Harlequins from there.

“I’ve always wanted to try playing rugby league and I got quite friendly with Sean Long when he was down there. I got chatting to him about it and then put the feelers out there through my agent, and then an opportunity came up for a trial with Cas after Daryl (Powell) showed interest.”

Head Coach Daryl Powell added: “He’s got a great attitude, and he’s been in the army so he’s a tough kid. Getting used to the nuances of rugby league in the first couple of weeks is important for him, but I just think it is important to have a look at him and see how he goes.

“Obviously, he’s not going to be able to play this month, but we get to have a good look at him, and it gives him an opportunity to pick up all the little bits of rugby league.”

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