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Castleford Tigers boss admits they could release players mid-season

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Castleford Tigers boss Craig Lingard has pushed against the suggestion that the club will be in the market for further signings.

This came from agent Craig Harrison who claimed the club were having a recruitment meeting ahead of more potential signings which you can read about here.

However, Craig Lingard has told BBC Sport West Yorkshire that there will be no immediate signings.

That being said, he foresees movement and maybe even exits from the club after six weeks in the season.

Lingard said: “In relation to over people coming in, I don’t know. There’s none planned. There’s no plans on bringing anyone in or sending anyone out.

“But the first four to six weeks of the season is quite significant because people sort of understand then, not just in the Castleford Tigers team but in other teams where they are in the pecking order and if teams or players are playing well, you might have to wait for your opportunity if you’re outside the 17.

“Everyone wants to play so there might be some knocks on the door after four or five weeks with players saying ‘look I understand I can’t get in but I need to play and look somewhere else either short term or long term.’

“So I would imagine that four or five weeks into the season you might see some movement.”

Castleford Tigers set for ground breaking fixture

Picture by John Clifton/ – 03/03/2023 – Rugby League – Betfred Super League Round 3 – Castleford Tigers v Wigan Warriors – the Mend A Hose Jungle, Castleford, England –
Castleford Tigers’ Joe Westerman

In Round One on Saturday 17th February, Castleford Tigers have the tough challenge of starting the season against Super League Champions Wigan Warriors.

This will be a historic clash because it will be the first game shown on BBC Two as part of the new broadcast deal for free to air Super League games.

The game has also been moved to a 17:30 kick-off time to accommodate this history creating fixture.

The Warriors will again be on BBC the week after against Penrith Panthers in the World Club Challenge at a sold out DW Stadium on February the 24th.

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