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Plans for new Castleford Tigers stadium takes step closer

Plans for a new 10,000 seater stadium for Castleford Tigers have moved a step closer after the government decided not to call in the application.

Artists impression of new stadium

Wakefield Council approved the original planning application for the £135m stadium but because of the size of the scheme it was referred to the Department for Communities and Local Government.

The government has now announced it supports the decision of the local authority. The new stadium is expected to create 2000 jobs.

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Crooks signs three year Castleford deal

Former Hull centre Ben Crooks is to return to Super League after signing a three-year deal with Castleford.

Ben Crooks Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The 23-year-old son of former Castleford player Lee Crooks left Hull at the end of last year to join Parramatta but failed to break into their NRL team and will link up with his home-town club in November ahead of the 2016 season.

Crooks burst onto the scene in spectacular fashion in 2012 and the following year he was named in the Super League Dream Team and won the Super League young player-of-the-year award.

Even though I have not yet managed to break through and play in the NRL, I believe I have achieved my goals in my career development and will return to Super League a better player for the experience.

I have loved by time at Parramatta and thank everyone for their guidance and support.

Castleford Tigers are my hometown club who made a determined effort to sign me both now and when I first turned professional, and I am anticipating an exciting new chapter in my career."

– Ben Crooks

Tansey swaps Tigers for Wildcats

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have secured the signing of utility-back Jordan Tansey.

Tansey has signed an 18-month contract from local side Castleford Tigers Credit: Press Association

Tansey has signed an 18-month contract from local side Castleford Tigers which will see him at the club until the end of 2016 season.

The 28-year-old started his career at Leeds Rhinos before moving to Australian NRL side Sydney Roosters in 2009. Tansey made a return to the Super League soon after joining up with Hull FC.

He will link up with Brian Smith’s squad alongside new signings Michael Sio and Kevin Locke who have both penned a deal this week. All three will be in contention of being named in the 19-man squad to face Hull FC on Wednesday.

I am delighted to welcome Jordan Tansey to the club. Jordan will provide a genuine competition across all of our back players. I would also like to thank Castleford Tigers and Steve Gill for their corporation in making this move possible. Relations between the two rival clubs off the field have never been better.

– Chairman Michael Carter

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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.

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
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