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Reported Castleford Tigers transfer not happening

Castleford Tigers have been linked with a move for former player Ben Crooks ahead of 2024 but this transfer has reportedly been rubbished by both parties.

Crooks is the son of former Hull FC, Castleford and Leeds Rhinos prop Lee Crooks and started his career at Hull FC.

He then had a brief stint in the NRL before joining Castleford Tigers in 2016. He eventually moved to Hull KR prior to taking a dip into the Championship with Keighley Cougars prior to a move to Halifax Panthers.

According to the Game Caller, Castleford Tigers made a move to bring Crooks back to the club but this has been rubbished by both clubs as per reports.

Crooks will be staying at Halifax until the end of the season.

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Castleford Tigers Ben Crooks during the First Utility 2016 Super League match between Hull KR and Castleford Tigers at the KC Lightstream Stadium, Hull, on the 7th of February 2016 First Utility Super League 2016 Hull KR v Castleford Tigers KC Lightstream Stadium, Preston Road, United Kingdom – 7 Feb 2016 First Utility Super League 2016 Hull KR v Castleford Tigers KC Lightstream Stadium, Preston Road, United Kingdom – 7 Feb 2016

Halifax Panthers announced that Ben Crooks had signed a one year contract extension with the club, keeping him at The Shay until the end of the 2024 Betfred Championship season.

The former Hull FC, Castleford Tigers, Leigh Leopards and Hull Kingston Rovers man joined the Panthers mid season from Keighley Cougars in 2023, and had a big impact on Simon Grix’s side during his 13 appearances in Fax colours.

The 30 year old three quarter is a seasoned veteran having made over 220 senior appearances during his career. And Crooks was pleased to be continuing his Fax tenure under new head coach Liam Finn.

“I’m really happy to be extending my stay at The Shay”, said Crooks. “Since joining, the team, club and fans have been very welcoming and I’ve enjoyed taking the field in blue and white. I’m now looking forward to working with Finny in preseason and the challenge of 2024.”

New Panthers boss Finn was happy to have Crooks on board for his maiden season as head coach.

“Ben came in last year and added some quality attacking options to our backline. He’s disappointed to pick up an injury in the last 5 minutes of the season but will be working hard to come back better and I’m looking forward to working with him next season.”

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