Castleford Tigers star breaks silence on exit as Super League move looms

A Castleford Tigers star has broken his silence on his exit as a move to a Super League rival looms.

That man is of course winger Derrell Olpherts who will be exiting the Jungle after three years at the West Yorkshire club with his next destination widely believed to be the Leeds Rhinos.

Olpherts tweeted: “3 years gone like that.. it’ll take some beating the years I’ve had with the boys at @CTRLFC made some forever memories at this place thank you for everything. On to the next chapter for me.”

That caption accompanied a photo of Olpherts playing in the Tigers strip at Wembley back in 2021 when Castleford made it all the way to the Challenge Cup Final in what was Daryl Powell’s last year at the club.

Olpherts himself has enjoyed a stellar 2022 Super League season under Lee Radford with some incredible go forward statistics, including over 200 metres against his rumoured new club Leeds last weekend in what proved to be a heartbreaking end to the year for the winger and the Tigers.

The former Salford Red Devils man has harnessed a reputation for himself as one of the best ball carriers in Super League, taking at least two or three tacklers to get him down with every carry whilst his try-scoring record speaks for itself.

Olpherts will be a major loss for the Tigers going into the 2023 season with his replacement unsure, though Radford does have Bureta Faraimo, Greg Eden and Mahe Fonua at his disposal.

Castleford are also said to have signed former Leeds and current Featherstone Rovers loanee Jack Broadbent as Radford attempts to galvanise his side ahead of what promises to be an interesting season in 2023.