Super League signing not allowed to play in certain fixtures as per agreement

Castleford Tigers confirmed the signing of promising young half-back Riley Dean on a season-long loan deal last night but there is an interesting detail about the loan move.

The 21-year-old made his Super League debut for his current club Warrington Wolves back in 2019 and has made a total of ten appearances for Wire, scoring on three occasions.

Dean has spent the first half of the season on loan at Featherstone Rovers and has impressed in the second tier this campaign, notching five tries.

Parent club Warrington have a two-week recall option and the Tigers will not be able to name Dean in their line up to face the Wolves in their two remaining Super League contests this term.

This is something we don’t see that much in Super League but often see in the Premier League in football.

After signing for the Fords, Dean put forward how excited he is to get started at The Jungle.

“I’m really excited to get going! I’ve just spoken to Andy Last and Danny Wilson so I’m looking forward just to getting in and getting out on the field.”

The half-back has spent time at a number of Championship clubs on loan over the years, with loan stints at the likes of York, Dewsbury, and Newcastle.

Riley affirmed that stepping up and playing at Super League level will be vital for his development as he looks to impress on the big stage.

“I enjoyed my time at Featherstone this season, but this will be a good step up for me to play Super League. Playing more games in the top competition week in, week out will be good for my development.

“It will be good for my career long term so hopefully I can play well.”

Riley will join Jacob Miller and Gareth Widdop as options in the halves for the Tigers and the youngster is relishing the chance to learn from two of the most experienced players in that position in the competition.

“I will do my best to learn as much as I can from them. I trained with Gaz a bit when he was at Warrington so hopefully, I can keep learning from both of them.

“I like to think that I can bring a bit of everything when I play. I like to run the ball and get stuck in. I’ll try and bring that with me to Cas.”

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I like to think that I can bring a bit of everything when I play. I like to run the ball and get stuck in. I’ll try and bring that with me to Cas… – Riley Dean

Dean will link up with Andy Last’s squad immediately and in closing, the new signing affirmed that he is relishing the opportunity to advance his game under the Castleford Head Coach’s tutelage.

“I’ve heard nothing but good things about him (Andy Last) so I hope we can get on well and have a good back end to the season. I want to put in some good performances and have a strong end to the year.”

Cas Head Coach Andy Last spoke to about his excitement on being able to acquire the talented youngster until the end of 2023.

“Riley Dean is a quality young player with some Super League and Championship experience which will be invaluable for us until the end of the season.

“This signing allows us to get Jack Broadbent in his preferred position of centre which will help the balance of our team. Riley has a good kicking game and the ability to open up defences with his short and long passing game. We are excited to have him on board.”