As clubs like Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves, Hull FC, Hull KR and Huddersfield Giants make big signings, it is easy to forget that the likes of Castleford Tigers can struggle for the money to make the big signings they’d like.
What will make this worse for Castleford fans is the fact that near neighbours Wakefield Trinity have completed a huge takeover set to come with finances to fund major signings as they look to return to Super League.
The Tigers though have made it clear that they are also looking for investment.
Danny Wilson said on COYF Podcast:
“At the minute there would be money held back from the playing budget, hopefully we get more investment in.
“The TV money is smaller, fans are massively important to revenue. The impact of that TV money, in order to run a sustainable club, holding some back is the way the club want to go.
“You can spend the full cap, we spent it this year in a relegation battle but spending cap doesn’t mean you will win every week. As long as you manage it well, there is no reason why you can’t have a good crack.
“There is a plan, there is a mindset we need to form at Castleford.”
As the club are set to rebuild ahead of 2024, they are set for a number of exits and some have already been confirmed such as the departure of Kieran Hudson.
He is set to join Leeds Rhinos and Danny Wilson had his say on this as well.
He said: “Lee Radford identified him and got him over, we had to agree to a friendly to take Kieran early which we did. He spent that time with us. Pre-season he ripped it up and came back, he was in incredible shape and we were thinking he could play ten Super League games this year. We heard a snap and he was on the floor.
“It was a terrible time, he has been with us all year, we have rehabbed him and he is excited for the future. There was a point where we sat down with him and expressed that another club had come in from him. We matched the offer and he chose to go.
“I think he has got family connections with Leeds. We want people that want to play for Castleford Tigers.”