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Plans submitted for new Castleford Tigers stadium

What the stadium will look like Credit: Lateral Property Group

A planning application has been submitted for a new stadium for the Castleford Tigers.

The multi-million pound 'Five Towns Park' development would also see the creation of a retail park and a country park close to junction 32 of the M62,

It's thought the £135 million development will create 2,000 jobs at the retail park and many more through construction.

Retail giant Next has already signed up to having a Home and Garden store at the site.

Thousands of jobs would be created at the retail park Credit: Lateral Property Group

Castleford sign Samoa star Roberts

Castleford have announced the signing of Ben Roberts from Melbourne Storm on a two-year deal from the start of 2015.

Ben Roberts will move at the start of the 2015 season
Ben Roberts will move at the start of the 2015 season Credit: Press Association

The 28-year-old, who has played over 130 games in the NRL, will link up with the Tigers over the winter, with an option to stay for a third year at the end of his contract.

I heard nothing but good things about the club, and they came from people who had played there in the past." said Roberts, who represented Samoa in last year's World Cup.

Tigers coach Daryl Powell, who tried to get Roberts on board last year when he left the Parramatta Eels, was delighted to have finally got his man.

"I am delighted to sign Ben, who is a player we tried to sign last season before his move to Melbourne," Powell said.

"His qualities are ideally suited to the First Utility Super League in England, with his strength, speed and agility a massive part of his game. His left-footed kicking game is another aspect that will dovetail neatly into the squad for next year."


New Tigers contract for Finn

Castleford have rewarded Liam Finn for his impressive start to life as a Super League player by giving him a new contract.

Liam Finn Credit: Press Association

The Ireland captain signed from Featherstone in the winter, getting his top-flight chance late in his career after several seasons in the Championship.

The 30-year-old half-back has excelled for the Tigers so far, assisting 13 tries in their climb to third place in the table.

As a result his deal has been extended to the end of 2016 with an option for a further season.

Castleford sign former Wigan and Salford prop

Castleford have announced the signing of former Wigan and Salford prop Lee Jewitt for the rest of the season.

Jewitt signs for Tigers
Jewitt signs for Tigers Credit: Press Association

The 27-year-old forward has been playing for Limoux since being released by Salford at the end of last term and his deal is subject to clearance from the French federation.

Jewitt, who is due to arrive from France on Tuesday, will bolster the Tigers' forward ranks following the loss through injury of Ryan Boyle, who is out for the campaign after being told he needs a knee re-construction, Nathan Massey and Dan Fleming.

Oldham-born Jewitt began his career at Wigan in 2005 before moving two years later to Salford, for whom he made over 100 Super League and Challenge Cup appearances.

"The release from Salford was a blessing in disguise," Jewitt said. " I've learnt a lot about myself out here away from Super League.

"Playing Super League week in, week out is the best life ever but I was at Salford for a long time so it's refreshed me to get out of that environment and try something new. It's been a good life experience and it's been good for my wife and children.

"The Elite Championship is their top division and it's probably on par or a little bit of a better standard to our Championship."

Castleford coach Daryl Powell
Castleford coach Daryl Powell Credit: Press Association

Castleford coach Daryl Powell said: "I am delighted that we have been able to secure the services of Lee, a player who I tried to sign at the end of last season.

"He's a tough and uncompromising player who will add strength and depth to our forward pack at a crucial time of the season."

Castleford's three game ban accepted for referee push

Castleford have accepted the three-match ban handed out to Jordan Tansey for pushing referee Tim Roby in the back and coach Daryl Powell has revealed the player would have been dropped for Sunday's game at Salford anyway.

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The former Leeds full-back was suspended by the Rugby Football League's disciplinary committee after he made deliberate contact with Roby while defending his line during the Tigers' 19-16 win over Hull last Sunday.

Tansey had been recalled after Luke Dorn was left out of the side despite scoring two tries in Castleford's thrilling win over Wigan a week earlier, but Powell says he failed to make the most of his opportunity.

Powell says he has some sympathy for Tansey but confirmed there would be no appeal against the ban, which will rule the player out of the Tigers' Tetley's Challenge Cup fourth-round tie at Batley next month.

Sunday's game is expected to feature 2012 Man of Steel Rangi Chase up against his old club after missing Salford's last four matches with a torn calf muscle.

If he gets the nod to return, Chase will be up against Marc Sneyd, who joined Castleford on a season-long loan as part of the transfer deal that took the England stand-off to the Red Devils and is clear to face his parent club.

Webster set for Tigers return

Former New Zealand international Jake Webster is set to make his first Super League appearance for 12 months when undefeated Castleford host Hull on Sunday.

Jake Webster Credit: Press Association

The 30-year-old centre's last match for the Tigers was against his former club Hull KR last March, since when he has been dogged by knee and shoulder injuries.

However, he made his comeback playing for York on a dual-registration in Sunday's Championship One match against Hunslet and is expected to figure in Castleford coach Daryl Powell's plans for Sunday.

Powell, who intends to use Webster in the second row as well as centre, will be forced to make at least one change to the side that toppled champions Wigan on Sunday, with winger Kirk Dixon sidelined with a broken jaw.


Webster set for Tigers comeback

Castleford's former New Zealand international Jake Webster will make his comeback from injury in the third tier of the domestic game.

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The 30-year-old centre, who has been sidelined for just short of 12 months with a knee injury, will play on a dual registration for York in their Kingstone Press Championship 1 match at Hunslet on Sunday.

Overseas players do not normally qualify for dual registration but the Tigers say he has been cleared by the Rugby Football League after being granted "indefinite leave to remain" in the country.

Webster, who won eight caps for the Kiwis from 2005-07, spent five seasons with Hull KR before joining the Tigers on a three-year contract ahead of the start of the 2013 season but made just seven appearances before being injured.

History calling for Castleford

Castleford will need to make history if they are to maintain their perfect start to the 2014 First Utility Super League season.

Castleford Tigers' Weller Hauraki and Catalan Dragons' Damien Cardace Credit: Press Association

The Tigers, who won just one of their first 11 matches of last season to lie bottom of the table, aim to make it three wins in a row to go top when they meet Hull KR at the KC Lightstream Stadium on Friday night.

Castleford have yet to win at Hull KR in the summer era, their last away win over the Robins coming in the Regal Trophy in November 1993, but they will be full of confidence after making an impressive start to their campaign.

They followed up their handsome opening-round win at Bradford with a rout of Catalan Dragons and coach Daryl Powell believes there is more to come from his team.

"It's about being consistent," Powell said. "Hull KR is a tough place to go.

"They are a pretty big physical team but I just think it's about us and making sure our performance levels are right.

"We have spoken about not getting too carried away with ourselves because we've started the season well.

Daryl Powell Credit: Press Association

"There's lots of things we can improve on. We sat down and reviewed the (Catalan) game and picked out a fair few things, a lot of them little things."

Hull KR will be buoyant after fighting back from 24-6 down to earn a draw at Huddersfield but they will be without both their first-choice props, Justin Poore and Michael Weyman, through suspension, while Castleford have lost full-back Jordan Tansey with a knee injury.

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