In 2021, Castleford Tigers were left “devastated” when they were denied an Elite Academy Licence by the RFL.
However, today their hard work behind the scenes to change the RFL’s mind paid off with the RFL awarding them a licence until 2027.
It is a massive moment for the club and has led to Head Coach and former Hull FC boss Lee Radford deliver a nice gesture.
In celebration of the announcement, he delivered a session with the academy today as his captain Paul McShane spoke about the size of this moment for the Tigers.
He talked up the rugby ability of the town and the fact that local lads should want to grow up and where the black and amber.
He said on the club’s Twitter page: “It’s massive for the club. We get some good talent coming through the system and the area itself, Castleford is an area with some great sides in it, to be able to keep producing that is massive for us.
“Cas is a rugby town and these kids in the local area and around the local area should want to play for Cas and if we can get them through and let them do that, then great.”
💬 "Cas is a rugby town and these kids should want to play for Cas…"@mcshane_paul speaks about the fantastic news of the Tigers getting their Elite Academy Licence until 2027
— Castleford Tigers (@CTRLFC) November 29, 2022