Owen Trout has been spoken about frequently in recent weeks.
The former Leeds Rhinos forward and now Huddersfield Giants star turned down a deal to stay at the Giants in 2023.
It was then reported that Hull FC and Castleford Tigers were battling for his signature only for Leigh Leopards to reportedly win the race for his services.
Castleford boss Andy Last today has now confirmed that the club have missed out on the forward.
“With regards to Owen Trout, yeah he’s someone that we’ve looked at and we’d definitely consider but it looks like he’s made a decision to go elsewhere,” he said on BBC Radio Leeds.
He did go on to emphasise the tempting project at the club:
“There’s a project here, there’s a rebuild and I think what’s important for us is making sure we focus on this season, get some wins on the board and try and do the right thing in regards to recruitment and who we want next season.
“There may be some guys who are off contract with us that earn an opportunity to stay here and then there’s some guys off contract elsewhere that we think would be a good fit for us.
“It’s a challenging time but it’s a period which I’m quite excited about as it’s all new to me.”
“We do want to try and get some wins quickly because it will help with the recruitment decisions going forward.”