Super League side closing in on major immediate transfer

Mid-season signings can save a season as we saw with Leeds Rhinos in 2019 and Wigan Warriors in 2006.

In 2019, Leeds Rhinos were struggling and facing the prospect of relegation so completed swap deals with Rob Lui coming in from Salford Red Devils with Tui Lolohea headed the other direction. Meanwhile Matt Parcell went to Hull KR and Shaun Lunt came the other way.

They also brought in Ava Seumanufagai and Rhyse Martin.

Wigan were in a similar position when they signed Stuart Fielden in 2006.

Wakefield Trinity appear to be doing something similar as seen with David Fifita, Luke Gale and Will Dagger.

But what about Castleford?

Well last week Andy Last said on BBC Radio Leeds: “Yeah, I can’t really comment on what other teams are doing. All I know is that we are looking and we’ve had some inquiries about some players. The final part of it is getting the deal done.

“It’s tough. Other teams have been a bit more successful than we have. But we are looking and we want to get that player in that can make a difference.

“Did I know Josh Griffin was available? Yes, I found out on Saturday morning. So, yes, I knew he was available.

“Yes, we had a little conversation, but obviously he’s made the decision to go to Wakefield, so that’s obviously on Josh.”

However, there are reports the Tigers will sign Kayal Iro, son of Kevin Iro who previously played for Leeds, Wigan and St Helens and is a former Super League Champion.

Iro starred for Cook Islands in the World Cup and is currently plying his trade down under.

Andy Last confirmed that the Tigers are working to finalise the move: “An offer has been made and it’s a case of seeing if we can get it across the line. He’s someone I think could help us.

“The process of recruitment and getting players across the line, you identify the player, offer them a deal and they may agree but the other club on the other side of the world have got to agree to it.

“We’re working through a process and hopefully we get positive news. It’s not a done deal yet.”