Castleford were just 7 minutes away from the play-offs when they led 8-0 at Headingley against the Leeds Rhinos.
But a rate of two points per minute saw the Rhinos turn the game on its head and book their place in the play-offs. Now the Rhinos are headed to Old Trafford as Lee Radford prepares to write the next chapter in Castleford’s history with plenty of incomings and outgoings expected through the winter.
Linked with moves for Gareth Widdop and Jacob Miller as well as a number of youngsters such as Muizz Mustapha of Leeds and Jack Broadbent, the Tigers today have announced that one of their own academy products is leaving the club in 21-year-old Lewis Peachey who joins Sheffield Eagles on a three-year-deal as he takes on an exciting new challenge away from the club with whom he has spent his whole career with thus far.
On signing the promising young forward, Sheffield Director of Rugby said: “Lewis is exactly the sort of player and person we want around the club.
“He’s at the start of his career and is motivated to really push on and make an impact. I believe he will do that with ourselves.”
Meanwhile Castleford Tigers released the following statement:
“Castleford Tigers would like to thank Lewis Peachey for all his efforts as a Tiger and wish him the very best as he joins Sheffield Eagles on a permanent deal for the 2023 season.
“The 21-year-old, who has been proudly sponsored by Aysgarth Rooms, has come through the Fords’ youth system, originally through the Tigers Talent Pathway and then taking leaps via the club’s Scholarship programme and then at the Academy level before joining our First Team setup and making his top-flight debut during the 2019 season.
“Peachey made eleven appearances in Cas colours, seven of which came during the 2021 season. In 2022, the former Dearne Valley Bulldogs & Nottingham Outlaws junior joined Betfred Championship side Newcastle Thunder, featuring 22 times for the Tyneside club, and scoring on two occasions.
“Castleford Tigers would like to thank Lewis for every effort he gave the club over the years and would like to wish him the very best as he embarks on a new chapter in his rugby league journey with Sheffield Eagles.”