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Tigers winger loaned out for confidence boost

Castleford have sent winger James Clare to League One club York to help him regain his lost confidence.

Tigers winger James Clare loaned out for confidence boost Credit: Press Association

Clare, who has appeared in seven of the Tigers' 12 Super League matches this season, has been dropped for the visit of Catalans Dragons on Sunday and will instead face Swinton in the third tier of the professional game.

Castleford coach Daryl Powell said: "'Sticks didn't have his best game last week against Salford and I am just looking for him to build some confidence. York will give him a chance to play this week and that's important for him.

"I'd like James to work on his back field work, energy, fight and determination. If he fixes that up then he'll have a good opportunity at getting back in the side.

"James is the first player to go out on dual registration for us this season and the game time is needed."

Clare's place against the Dragons is set to go to Australian winger Denny Solomona, who has recovered from injury, while former Leeds prop Ryan Bailey is set to make his debut.

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Tigers sign prop forward Bailey

Castleford Tigers have signed prop forward Ryan Bailey on a deal until the end of the season.

Ryan Bailey Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The 31-year-old will link up with the first team squad immediately, and the club have an option of extending Bailey's stay at The Mend-A-Hose Jungle for a further two years at the end of this campaign.

Bailey brings with him a wealth of experience, having made over 300 appearances for Leeds Rhinos over 12 years after making his debut aged 18 in 2002.

Bailey said he was thrilled to be joining the Tigers

I'm really excited to be joining Castleford Tigers. I've been really impressed with the set up here and I'm confident I'll fit in well at this family club.

I really like the work Daryl is doing here and I'm looking forward to getting down to business and pushing for a place in the team.

I want to put my reputation behind me now and start a fresh and I hope the fans here get behind me. Having played here at the Jungle the atmosphere is alwasy immense and I can't wait to pull on the shirt and get out there."

– Ryan Bailey

Dorn signs Tigers contract extension

Castleford Tigers' Luke Dorn has signed a 12-month contract extension.

Dorn signs Tigers contract extension Credit: Press Association

The new deal will keep him at The Mend-A-Hose Jungle until the end of the 2016 season.

the Australian has quickly become a regular in Daryl Powell's team that reached the Challenge Cup Final and fourth in Super League last year.

He has 141 scores in 221 career appearances, including 16 last season and one so far this campaign during the rout against Wigan Warriors.

I am enjoying my time at Cas and it was a no brainer for me. I am just excited that I will continue to be part of what we have created here for another year.

– Luke Dorn

He has shown again this season what a pivotal figure he is for the team when he's playing well and I'm sure he will continue to do that for the next 2 years at least. His speed in attack has been outstanding and his voice within the group has been a big contributing factor to our improvement as a team.

– Daryl Powell, Castleford Tigers coach

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Castleford Tigers stadium plans approved

Councillors in Wakefield have today given the go-ahead for Castleford Tigers' new 10,000 seater stadium.

The £135 million scheme also includes plans for a supermarket, shops, a petrol station and a country park. It will be built on waste land just off junction 32 of the M62 at Glass Houghton, and could create an estimated 2,000 jobs.

However it will mean the end of Rugby League at Castleford's old Wheldon Road ground, which opened in 1926.

Read: Castleford coach hopes for new stadium

West Yorkshire sides set to start Super League

The Super League season is set to kick off this afternoon for our region's teams.

Huddersfield are at home to Hull FC, with Leeds travelling to Hull KR.

Meanwhile Castleford start their season with a clash against their fierce local rivals Wakefield.

Both Tigers boss Daryl Powell and Wildcats Head Coach are looking forward to starting the campaign with a derby.

Tigers star Kirk Dixon retires

Castleford Tigers winger Kirk Dixon has announced his immediate retirement after surgery to replace a disk in his neck.

Tigers star Kirk Dixon retires Credit: Press Association

The 30-year-old, who has played for the Tigers since 2007 said that the surgery has brought forward the decision he was likely to make at the end of the 2015 season.

Last season Dixon scored 12 tries in 19 games as the Tigers finished fourth in the Super League and reached the Challenge Cup final.

I’ve had surgery to remove a disk and I’ve had an artificial disk put in there and it was going to be at least a six months no contact rehab period, That would have taken up most of this season and prior to the surgery I already had an idea that I might retire at the end of the 2015 season. But it has come to an end now and you simply can’t put a price on your health. It’s certainly not the way I wanted to go out. All I can say is a massive thank you to the Castleford fans. They’ve welcomed me from day one even though I am a codhead, they’ve not held that against me. The people here are fantastic. We’ve had some seasons where there really hasn’t been much to shout about but they’ve still been here supporting us. It’s really humbling as players to know that we’ve got these great people supporting us. My family love coming here, there’s two great clubs in Hull they could support but it’s all about Cas for us, so from me and my family it’s a massive thank you and I will look forward to getting behind the boys from the terraces with you all.

– Kirk Dixon

Kirk Dixon has been a consummate professional for Castleford Tigers over many years. His work rate and attention to detail in his practice has been absolutely superb during my time at the club. I know everyone connected with the playing and coaching staff will be hugely disappointed with Kirk leaving the club however everyone's time as a player has to end and Kirk is leaving with everyone's best wishes and moving on to the next chapter in his life. I wish him the very best in his new challenge and thank him for everything he done for the Tigers, it has been a real pleasure to work with him.

– Daryl Powell, Castleford Tigers coach
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