Castleford Tigers will be going through another rebuild ahead of the 2023 Super League season with head coach Lee Radford wanting to put his own stamp on the squad he largely inherited from Daryl Powell.
Having said that, Radford did bring in a whole host of players ahead of the 2022 season such as Mahe Fonua, Kenny Edwards, Bureta Faraimo and George Lawler, but that will not deter him going into 2023.
Among those linked with the Tigers are Leeds Rhinos pair Jack Broadbent and Alex Mellor as well as Wakefield Trinity halfback Jacob Miller whilst Sosaia Feki and Fonua are expected to sign new deals.
That leaves a question mark over some of Radford’s squad such as Derrell Olpherts, James Clare and Greg Eden with Castleford having wingers in abundance.
For Olpherts, he has gone about his business for the Tigers in a quiet manner since joining the club back in 2020 from the Salford Red Devils.
Since then, the winger has made almost 50 appearances in a Castleford shirt with 20 tries in the process.
However, with Radford having a great deal of wingers at his disposal, it remains to be seen whether the out of contract Olpherts fits into the former Hull FC boss’ plans.
If not, where would he most likely go? Well, Powell was a big fan of his at Warrington, and, with the Wolves getting rid of Josh Charnley, they will be down a winger whilst Wakefield would need a replacement for Tom Johnstone if rumours of him joining Catalans Dragons are true.
That might not even be necessary for Trinity whose young star Lewis Murphy has been in incredible form in 2022.