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Castleford Tigers add Wigan Warriors prop as signing spree continues

After a difficult Super League season to date, Castleford Tigers have burst into life in the transfer market. Earlier today, they secured the services of Hull KR duo Corey Hall and Louis Senior on season loans, strengthening their back line.

Now, they have boosted their forward pack, with the signing of a hotly-tipped prospect from the Wigan Warriors.

Leeds-born Sam Eseh is the latest through the door at Wheldon Road, as the Tigers look to overhaul their squad in the hope it will spark their Super League season into life.

Forward joins Castleford Tigers on loan

Six-foot four-inch prop, Eseh, has made the move to The Jungle on a two-week loan deal. He joined Wigan in the close season from Wakefield. Eseh had previously spent time on loan at Barrow Raiders and Featherstone Rovers.

Eseh has been recovering from a hamstring injury. The move to Castleford will provide him with an opportunity to gain valuable match fitness.

Wigan boss, Matt Peet, told the club’s website: “Sam has recovered from his injury really well. He played 30 minutes for our Reserves and now needs game time at the highest possible level.

“Castleford will provide the perfect opportunity for him, and we are looking forward to seeing him perform for them.”

Adding presence to the Tigers pack

Prior to joining Wigan, Eseh played 14 times in Super League for Trinity. Danny Wilson, Castleford’s director of rugby operations, spoke to the Castleford website to announce the signing. Wilson said that he hoped Eseh would help add more presence to Castleford’s forward pack.

“We needed to add some presence to our pack especially with all the injuries and suspensions. Sam is a great fit and comes from a good club who will certainly add quality to our team.”

“When we knew he was available we acted quickly. I would like to thank Wigan for their assistance.”

Eseh keen to prove himself

Speaking in a video on Castleford’s X account, Eseh spoke about quickly how the move came about.

“I talked about it [last] night. We had a verbal agreement, everything got sorted out this morning and I came straight down from Robin Park and started today.”

As a native of Yorkshire, Eseh is expecting the transition to be a smooth. He will also have the pleasure of experiencing some home comforts.

“On the plus side, I get to go back home and stay at home and not have to travel back. That was another factor in how easy of a transition it would be to come on loan. “

Eseh hopes to use the move to prove that he can make the step up to Super League regularly. With the ultimate goal of breaking into the Wigan first team.

“I just want to put my best foot forward. I want to be able to show I can perform at Super League level.

“I will always put 100% effort in and bring plenty of aggression to the team”.

Injuries and suspensions have hit Castleford’s pack, and signing Eseh is a welcome boost. Tigers’ fans will be hoping he can help lift the side to their second win of the season.

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