The news that Oliver Holmes and Peter Mata’utia will be leaving Castleford at the end of 2021 sent social media into a frenzy, with fans of the Tigers wishing them well or bemoaning their decision and supporters of other clubs giving their opinion on the departures.
One Tigers fan said he was sad to see them go.
I'll be sad to see Ollie & Pete leave, was hoping recent talk was just unfounded rumours, however, I'm sure they'll give of their best while ever they pull on a Cas shirt. Both can be devastating on their day, so hoping we see a lot of those days in remainder of season. #COYF
— Phil T (@Philsno1) June 9, 2021
Another was glad to see the saga over.
Upsetting to see but at least it’s confirmed now
— Matthew 🍻 (@matthewxsutton) June 9, 2021
Another fan wished them both the best.
Good luck to the lads, it's a short career in rugby so if they can earn more money elsewhere fair play to them.
They've put their bodies on the line for this club and I wish them the best.
— Me (@castillidie) June 9, 2021
Graham was “gutted”.
Gutted is an understatement
— Graham Macfarlane 🏴☘🇵🇸☘🇵🇸 (@maliabhoy) June 9, 2021
Another used a funny meme to get his point across.
— Lee Wheeler (@Wee_leeler) June 9, 2021
However, some Castleford fans questioned their decisions and their parting statements.
The statements from the players and the coach dont seem to echo their sentiments " we love the club and the town etc…but dont want to sign new contracts "
— Nathan Astbury (@nathastbury) June 9, 2021
A different Castleford fan said he would no longer be buying a season ticket.
Don’t think it will be long before I announce I won’t be renewing my season ticket I’ll wait and see who else will be leaving hopefully Powell won’t be taking anybody if so it will look like there’s been some sneaky dealings over the last year or two
— Paul savage (@Savplast60) June 9, 2021
A different fan was confused at Holmes’ decision.
Not surprised at Matautia, really surprised at Holmes to say he’s supposed to love the club so much 🤷♂️🙄 we move on
— Richard Edwards (@richiedwards) June 9, 2021
One fan joked about the duo “being dead” to them.
Both dead to me now 😂
— Jack Westmoreland (@SirJackWest) June 9, 2021
Another supporter brought up the issue of money.
Can understand Pete, but disappointing from Ogi after the club has stuck by after all these years. 💰talks
— Jake Clark (@Jake27Clark) June 9, 2021
A Castleford fan did look on the positive side, though, with the club set to sign replacements.
Replaced by Mamo and lawler so not all is bad
— BennRaynor (@RaynorBenn) June 9, 2021
Another Twitter user was confident about which club both would end up at.
— Mike Hulme (@MikeHulme20) June 9, 2021
That sentiment was echoed by Angela.
Must be off to Wire 🐺
— Angela Purchon (@Melbournedoode) June 9, 2021