Exclusive: Super League’s Castleford Tigers turned down by Australian livewire

Over the years, rugby league clubs miss out on transfers that may well have been the difference between winning and losing particular games or trophies.

For Castleford Tigers, that man could well have been former Toulouse Olympique star and current Featherstone Rovers star Mark Kheirallah.

When the Tigers lost Zak Hardaker after the fullback failed a drugs test, the director of rugby at the time Jon Wells made a beeline for a new fullback – and Kheirallah was one of those.

That being said, nothing came of it but Kheirallah believes that the quota spot is one of the main reasons as to why he hasn’t made it in Super League before.

“There was a small inkling with Castleford, there was a chat with Castleford there a few years ago but nothing came of it and that’s about it,” Kheirallah told Serious About Rugby League.

“A lot of people assume that I just wanted to stay in France. I did obviously to try to achieve what we wanted to achieve, but there was nothing much else than that to come to Super League.

“Plus the quota spot kills me!”

The 32-year-old does, however, want to test himself against the best in the top flight even if his career is winding down.

“I would love to test myself against the higher standard,” Kheirallah told Serious About Rugby League.

“For quite a few years I’ve been knocking on that door, to get an opportunity to play would be the ultimate I think.

“With my age and stuff I don’t really know how many more seasons I will have left!”

Currently, Kheirallah is out with a horrendous ACL injury after signing a two-year deal with Rovers and he is set for surgery in August with a view to get running and then back into contact in February time.

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1 month ago

Are you surprised? Castleford is prehistoric

1 month ago
Reply to  VikingMooch

Like this story, it’s 5 years old FFS