Castleford Tigers give first team spot to former Hull KR man

After impressing in the Reserves side for Castleford Tigers in 2022, powerful outside back Elliot Wallis is now part of the Fords’ First Team for the 2023 season with the club holding an option for 2024.

At the age of just 17, he made his senior debut for Hull KR in the Challenge Cup in May 2018 and then made his maiden Super League appearance later that month too. Following loan spells with York City Knights & Bradford Bulls during his time at Hull KR, Wallis took a break from rugby league in 2021.

After having discussions with Castleford’s coaching staff the winger came back to the game for the reserves.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Cas so far,” Wallis told castlefordtigers.com.

“Having had that time away from rugby, I thought I wasn’t going to play again but it has been quite refreshing to come back and realise I can play at this level.

“If there wasn’t a Reserves system I might not be playing, or I’d be in a lower league perhaps a bit unnoticed, which at the moment I wouldn’t want. So, to step into the Reserves for a Super League club as good as Cas has given me the opportunity to show what I can do a bit more.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Lee Radford, he’s a Hull lad like me and I really get on with him.”

Now as part of the Tigers’ First Team for 2023, Wallis is keen to get more top-flight match minutes and put pressure on the senior wingmen.

“There is competition for the wing spots, but I’m willing to come and fight for it. I’m looking forward to learning more from Greg Eden and Bureta Faraimo, both have plenty of experience.”

Head Coach of Castleford Tigers Lee Radford commented on Wallis being a part of his First Team squad for 2023 saying: “We gave Elliot a trial last season and his effort and attitude has been fantastic. Physically he ticks all the boxes that you would want from an outside back, so we will be working with him to develop his knowledge and his skill set. That is going to be our focus moving forward with him.

“For me, he was head and shoulders as one of our best Reserve team players in 2022. Elliot’s performances caught my eye, which earnt him this deal, and it is a great advertisement that here at Cas you can develop. For a kid to have time out of the game and come back, get an opportunity, and take it with both hands is a great promotion for the reserve game.”

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