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Wildcats coach plays down play-off chances

Wakefield Wildcats coach James Webster has played down his team's chances of making the Super League play-offs.

They play Castleford Tigers this weekend in a West Yorkshire derby and need to win that and their final game against Hull KR to stand a chance of making the final eight.

Webster told Chris Dawkes his team are looking forward to playing the Tigers who, he says, have had a good season:

Tigers set for Wakefield derby

Castleford Tigers head in to a West Yorkshire derby this weekend against Wakefield Wildcats still in with a chance of finishing top of the Super League for the first time.

Warrington's victory over St Helens last night set up a nail biting finish to the league campaign.

With Tigers pushing for top spot and Wakefield still in with a chance of making the play-offs Daryl Powell told Chris Dawkes the game is one of the biggest derbies in recent years:

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Gilmour experience key to appointment

Wakefield Wildcats coach James Webster says his new assistant's experience in the game means he will be a good appointment for the club.

Lee Gilmour has played with a host of clubs since starting his career in 1997 and will primarily be the Wildcats' assistant coach next season, as well as taking on some playing duties.

Chris Dawkes spoke to James Webster about his new right-hand man:

Powell: Winning our games is all we can do

Castleford Tigers coach Chris Powell says his team are focusing on their own fixtures rather than those of other teams.

Powell did admit though he would have one eye on St Helen's tie with Wigan. A Saints loss means the Tigers still have a chance of finishing top of the Super League for the first time in their history.

Powell told Chris Dawkes that his team could only win the games they play to secure a top two finish:

Luke Gale swaps Bradford for Castleford

Castleford Tigers have announced the signing of Bradford Bulls half-back on a two-year deal for the 2015 season.

Gale leaves Bulls for Castleford Credit: Castleford Tigers

Gale, 26, is the second half-back to pen a deal for next year, alongside Samoan international Ben Roberts who has signed from Melbourne Storm. He is Daryl Powell's sixth confirmed signing, after Roberts, Junior Moors, Denny Solomona, Matt Cook and Steve Crossley.

I am really excited to be here. Castleford have had a great season, and Daryl and his team around him have fulfilled the potential, and they have turned Cas into a proper team. I am jumping at the opportunity and I cannot wait. Daryl showed a bit of interest, and I have worked with him at the England Knights and at Leeds before. I like how he goes about things, and even though there was other interest, once I spoke to Daryl that was it - I wanted to join Castleford.

– Luke Gale

I am delighted we have been able to secure the services of a quality half back who not long ago was just on the edge of international recognition. Luke's organisational ability alongside his willingness to both play at the defensive line and indeed through it will fit neatly into how we want to play next season. His passing and kicking game are top quality. Luke alongside Ben Roberts and Liam Finn give us variety and quality at half back with Ben Reynolds proving he can also step up when needed, giving us additional depth in such a pivotal position.

– Daryl Powell, Castleford Tigers coach

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Clark leaves Castleford for Warrington

Castleford Tigers have confirmed that Daryl Clark will leave the club at the end of the 2014 Super League Season.

Clark to leave Castleford Credit: Castleford Tigers

He has signed a four-year deal with Warrington Wolves from next season until November 2018.

Clark came through the scholarship and academy ranks at Castleford which is his home town club. He made his first-team debut in 2010, becoming a regular in the side the following year.

When I took on the head coach job last season the deal had already been done for Daryl to move to Warrington which secured the future of the club at that time. Whilst we obviously don't want to lose our best players this deal was in the best interests of the club. I have to say that Daryl has been an absolute pleasure to work with and it has been great to see him mature as a player and person this season.

– Daryl Powell, Castleford Tigers coach

I’ve really enjoyed my time here at Castleford Tigers. This is my home town club and I will always be a Cas fan. My proudest moment has been helping this team reach the Challenge Cup Final and I’ll continue to give my all to help Castleford Tigers reach the Super League Grand Final.

– Daryl Clark
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