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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.


Dixon signs on for more of the same at Castleford

Castleford's long-serving threequarter Kirk Dixon has signed a one-year contract extension that we will see him remain with the club until the end of 2015.

Kirk Dixon Credit: Press Association

The 29-year-old goal-kicking winger or centre has amassed 992 points, including 80 tries, in 163 appearances since joining the Tigers from Hull in 2007 and said it was a "no-brainer" to extend his stay.

"It's fantastic for me and playing in front of the Tigers fans is a special thing and something that I didn't want to leave," Dixon said

Castleford coach Daryl Powell said: "I am delighted that Kirk has agreed to extend his contract with the Tigers.

"He is a pleasure to coach and works as hard, if not harder, than anyone on his individual game which makes him a role model for young players to aspire towards."

Seymour admits nerves before Tigers debut

Brett Seymour has been playing first-grade rugby league for more than 13 years but he admits he will be particularly nervous when he makes his first appearance for Castleford on Sunday.

The 29-year-old Australian half-back will be playing his first match for almost 12 months when he runs out for the Tigers in their pre-season friendly against York.

He was released by Hull last April after crashing his car while suffering from depression and considered giving up the game until he was thrown a career lifeline by Castleford.

Seymour playing for Hull Credit: Press Association

Seymour had to shed nearly 10 kilos after turning up for pre-season training grossly overweight and was forced to sit out the Tigers' Boxing Day game against Halifax but now feels ready to start to kick-start his career.

Seymour, who made his NRL debut for Brisbane Broncos at the age of 17, was hoping to put a series of off-field disciplinary issues behind him when he arrived in England two years ago.

But he slipped into a state of depression after a loss of form and almost lost his life after once more turning to drink and crashing his car.

However, friends and family rallied around and he got his life back together thanks largely to the Sporting Chance Clinic.

"I am still in touch with the people there," said the former Cronulla and New Zealand Warriors player, who has signed a 12-month contract with the Tigers.

"They have been outstanding and I wouldn't be here but for them. I usually catch up once a week to have a coffee or a chat. It is a sounding board for life and generally how things are."

Tigers coach Daryl Powell is happy to give Seymour another chance and will be hoping he can help fill the void created by the departure of Rangi Chase.


Castleford sign free agent Finn

Ireland captain Liam Finn will be back in Super League in 2014 after being snapped up by Castleford Tigers.

The 30-year-old goalkicking half-back, who had brief spells in the top flight with Halifax and Wakefield, has linked up with the Tigers following his release by neighbouring Championship club Featherstone.

Finn, who led the Irish in all three World Cup games against Fiji, England and Australia, scored 1,484 points in two spells at Featherstone, where he played under Castleford coach Daryl Powell.

I'm flattered and extremely grateful that a great traditional club like Castleford has given me the opportunity to play in Super League again.

"I didn't take my chance last time and it has been a long road back. I hope to pay that back to the club and the coaching staff with hard work and by proving to them - and to myself - that I am more than capable of being a quality Super League player for them and make the most of a second chance playing at the highest level."

– Liam Finn, new Castleford Tigers signing

Liam Finn has been a stand-out performer in the Championship for the last four seasons.

"He is an outstanding player in both half-back and hooker positions and will further enhance the quality of our competition in those positions.

"I am supremely confident he will do well in Super League as a result of his professional attitude and skill sets and I'm looking forward to working with him again here at Castleford Tigers."

– Daryl Powell, Castleford Tigers coach

Tigers prop signs new deal

Ryan Boyle (centre) has signed a new deal with Castleford Tigers Credit: Press Association

Castleford prop forward Ryan Boyle has signed a two-year contract extension.

The 26-year-old, who rejoined the Tigers from Salford in mid-season, was under contract until the end of next term but has now extended his stay until the end of 2016.

Channing completes Tigers move

Michael Channing
Michael Channing Credit: Press Association

Castleford Tigers have completed the permanent signing of London Broncos centre Michael Channing on a two-year deal.

The 21-year-old moved to the Tigers on loan in July and impressed enough to secure a long-term stay after scoring three tries in four Super League appearances.

Castleford coach Daryl Powell said: "Michael has fitted into the club seamlessly as both a player and a person.

"He is a young centre with a lot of potential who will continue to thrive in our culture."

Channing said: "I'm really happy to get a permanent deal sorted at Castleford. Cas are one of the big names in Super League, so it's good to be offered a contract from being on-loan."

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