There have been only two seasons in Super League’s 24-year history where Castleford Tigers haven’t been in the top flight – 2005 and 2007.
In that time, the West Yorkshire club has had numerous stars that have lit up the first tier, with five of the best listed here.
Australian Adrian Vowles moved to the Jungle ahead of the 1997 Super League season after being shown the door by North Queensland: it was a match made in heaven.
Though it took a season to settle in, Vowles became one of Castleford’s most impressive imports, being named the Man of Steel in 1999 as well as being included in the Super League Dream Team as the Tigers reached the semi-finals of both the play-offs and the Challenge Cup.
In doing so, the loose forward became the first Tigers player and first Queenslander to win the Man of Steel. Returning to the club to play the last three games of the 2003 season, Vowles would also enjoy one more brief spell in 2005 with Castleford winning promotion from the Championship.
One of the most talented stars to ever take to a Rugby League field, Rangi Chase appeared in the UK in 2009 as a relative unknown. Well, all that was about to change with the Kiwi taking to Super League like a duck to water.
Over the course of five seasons, the halfback scored 47 tries in 129 appearances, securing the Man of Steel in 2011 as the Tigers narrowly missed out on the Challenge Cup Final.
Chase became a hero on the terraces at the Jungle, his majestic skill wowing crowds until a move to Salford at the end of 2013 ended a superb spell.
Like the prodigal son, the New Zealander returned at the end of 2016 before joining Widnes on-loan in 2017.
Coming through the Castleford ranks, Daryl Clark made his debut in 2011 and it was quickly obvious how much of a superstar he was going to be.
From that moment on, the hooker became an integral cog in the Castleford wheel, scooping up the Man of Steel in 2014 as the Tigers made it to Wembley. He also made his England debut in the same year.
A move to Warrington came about ahead of the 2015 season following just shy of 100 appearances for his hometown club. Since then, he has become one of the most in-form hookers in the competition.
It’s been a whirlwind of a career for Paul McShane; released by boyhood club Leeds in 2013, the hooker nearly quit full-time rugby during a spell with Wakefield Trinity. But, it was Castleford where the number nine finally realised his potential.
Part of a swap-deal that saw Scott Moore go the other way midway through 2015, McShane settled in seamlessly at the Jungle, going from strength-to-strength before being awarded the Man of Steel in 2020.
Arguably Castleford’s most important player, the number nine continues to light up the top flight.
Very few overseas players stay for nearly a decade in the Super League, but Grant Millington is one of them. And, he’s been impeccable in that time for the Tigers.
The towering forward joined ahead of the 2012 season and has gone on to make over 200 appearances, three of them at halfback.
A rampaging prop that has the ability to throw the ball like a halfback, Millington is now 34 years of age but continues to churn out incredible performances.