Brett Seymour has returned to the Super League after signing a one-year deal with Castleford. The 28-year-old half-back had a high-profile exit from Hull earlier this year, with his departure from the KC Stadium preceded by two months of compassionate leave.
Seymour was taken to hospital in March after crashing his car, with his wife later saying he was "desperate", suffering from depression and may have been trying to take his own life. Hull allowed him time to deal with his off-field problems before releasing him in April.
Castleford have made Salford centre Ashley Gibson their first signing for 2014.
The 26-year-old former Leeds player, whose contract with the Reds runs out this year, is joining the Tigers on a two-year deal.
I'm chuffed to sign for Castleford Tigers. When my manager came to me saying that Cas were interested in me I was over the moon. There were a couple of other offers but I wanted to be playing my rugby close to home so it's a great opportunity for me in Castleford."
– Ashley Gibson
Ashley Gibson has spent the last four years at Salford and has scored 54 tries in 111 Super League appearances.
Ashley is a player that I have rated since I coached at Leeds when he was a young player coming through the system. He is a versatile and skilful player with a great attitude and his signing further strengthens the quality and depth in our squad for next season."
– Daryl Powell, Castleford coach
Gibson is set to face his next employers when Salford visit Castleford on Sunday in the penultimate match of the season.
Castleford Tigers have confirmed that stand off Rangi Chase has submitted a request to leave the Super League club. The 27 year old England international, who's made 24 appearances, scoring 6 tries for the club this season, won the Super League man of steel award in 2011.
He's been with the club since signing from Australian NRL side St George Illawarra in 2009.
Castleford Tigers have signed former Hull KR back rower Frankie Mariano from Super League neighbours Wakefield.
The 26-year-old will join the Tigers on a 12-month deal when his current contract with the Wildcats expires at the end of the season.
Mariano, who made the latest of his 46 appearances for Wakefield in their 24-14 win over Widnes on Monday, played under Castleford coach Daryl Powell earlier this season when he had a loan spell at Featherstone.
"It will be good to work with him again. I feel comfortable talking to him and, having worked with him already, I don't class him as a new person so that was a big part of the move."
– Frankie Mariano
"Frankie is a big and athletic back rower who can punch holes in opposition defences.
"He's also versatile with a strong ability to play in the centre equally effectively.
"His addition for next year brings size and experience to the squad and further enhances the competition for places in our forward pack."
Former Leeds favourite Daryl Powell will be aiming to pile on the agony for his old club tonight when he takes his Castleford side to Headingley.
The champions are reeling from four straight defeats and the loss of England internationals Kallum Watkins and Danny McGuire to injury but Powell, who was in the last Leeds team to win the Challenge Cup and went on to coach them, has little sympathy for their current plight.
The Tigers are looking to complete a first Super League double over their big-city neighbours following their 14-12 triumph at Wheldon Road in February and Powell believes his players will also have derived confidence from the three competitive matches under which he has presided.
"It's a big challenge for us obviously. Leeds have got a few people missing but they've got a deep squad, " said Powell.
"I'm looking forward to the challenge. We're not far off in games at the moment. We're not playing at our best consistently but we're certainly in the battle every single week.
"There's some confidence there. We've played them twice this year - we've beaten them once and run them close in the Cup - so there's not much in terms of the games that have been played this year."