With the news that both Oliver Holmes and Peter Mata’utia will be leaving Castleford, the rumour mill has gone into overdrive about potential destinations for the duo. But, just where could they end up?
Oliver Holmes and Peter Mata’utia – Warrington Wolves
It’s the one that’s been doing the rounds for months, but it is still yet to be confirmed by the Wolves. However, there is no smoke without fire and the speculation just seems to be too great for it not to be true. It remains to be seen where Oliver Holmes would fit into the Wire side with Jack Hughes and Ben Currie playing splendidly well in the back-row, whilst Peter Mata’utia would likely replace Jake Mamo who is said to be on his way to Castleford.
Oliver Holmes – Wakefield Trinity
Just a few miles down the road wouldn’t be the worst result for Holmes, though why he would want to swap Castleford for Wakefield remains a question. However, the second-rower appears to be something of a homebird so a stay in Yorkshire could be likely.
Oliver Holmes – Leeds Rhinos
Again, another Yorkshire city could come calling, this time in the shape of Leeds Rhinos who are desperate for competition for places in the back-row. Alex Mellor and Rhyse Martin have done a grand job for the Rhinos, but with the latter out of contract at the end of the season, a deal for Holmes could be arranged.
Peter Mata’utia – St Helens
It would be a massive move for Mata’utia to end up at the Totally Wicked Stadium, but stranger things have happened. It might just be pure coincidence that Peter’s brother, Sione, is already at St Helens, but it could well influence a move to reunite the siblings.
Peter Mata’utia – Leigh Centurions
He’s already been at Leigh, but that was when the club were in the Championship. Of course, a return to the second-tier perhaps looks likely, but Mata’utia looked at home with the Centurions, which could prompt a return.
Peter Mata’utia – Leeds Rhinos
With Konrad Hurrell out of contract and Alex Sutcliffe on his way to Castleford, the gap is open for a centre at Leeds. And, with Mata’utia’s experience, it could make the most sense. The centre wouldn’t even have to move from his pad in Castleford to play at Headingley.
Peter Mata’utia – Wigan Warriors
The Warriors’ troubles in the centres have been well documented in 2021 with both Liam Farrell and Willie Isa having to deputise there. Oliver Gildart is already leaving for Wests in 2022, whilst Jake Bibby is out of contract. That leaves just Zak Hardaker and even he is desperate to play at fullback.