Castleford Tigers have confirmed a 30 man squad for the 2024 Super League season including former Leeds Rhinos star Paul McShane.
The hooker started his career at Headingley making his debut in 2008 before featuring infrequently over the 2009 and 2010 campaigns.
The 2011 season was a bit of a breakout season for McShane as he emerged as a perfect back up to Danny Buderus which is why Leeds agreed to release Buderus from the final year of his deal so he could return to Newcastle Knights.
McShane though would struggle for game time in 2012. In 2013, he would feature more frequently but he would ultimately be swapped with Paul Aiton at Wakefield Trinity.
Then McShane made a career defining move to Castleford Tigers which would see him win Man of Steel, play at Wembley and Old Trafford and feature for England.
McShane though was reportedly close to a sensational move to Leeds Rhinos ahead of 2024 as they looked for a new number.
But the Rhinos ultimately made a move for Salford Red Devils hooker Andy Ackers alongside the arrival of Brodie Croft.
The Rhinos paid £100,000 for Ackers who said after the move to Leeds:
“I am pleased to be joining the Rhinos. I have had three great years at Salford and will always be grateful for my time there. It is an exciting time at the Rhinos. I have had a good chat with Harry Newman and I’ve known Jarrod O’Connor for a number of years.
“I am looking forward to working with Jarrod and Corey Johnson along with all the other great young lads here. The club have shown their ambition with the squad for next season and I will be looking to play my part.”
This is a win for Castleford Tigers who have now been able to keep one of their star men for the 2024 season as they look to put the hurt of last year firmly behind them.
It also gives new boss Craig Lingard depth in key positions especially with McShane capable of playing in the halves as well as hooker.
A vital quality with Gareth Widdop retiring recently. A better year at the Jungle?