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Seymour returns to Super League with Castleford deal

Brett Seymour has returned to the Super League after signing a one-year deal with Castleford. The 28-year-old half-back had a high-profile exit from Hull earlier this year, with his departure from the KC Stadium preceded by two months of compassionate leave.

Seymour was taken to hospital in March after crashing his car, with his wife later saying he was "desperate", suffering from depression and may have been trying to take his own life. Hull allowed him time to deal with his off-field problems before releasing him in April.

Castleford sign Ashley Gibson

Castleford have made Salford centre Ashley Gibson their first signing for 2014.

The 26-year-old former Leeds player, whose contract with the Reds runs out this year, is joining the Tigers on a two-year deal.

I'm chuffed to sign for Castleford Tigers. When my manager came to me saying that Cas were interested in me I was over the moon. There were a couple of other offers but I wanted to be playing my rugby close to home so it's a great opportunity for me in Castleford."

– Ashley Gibson

Ashley Gibson has spent the last four years at Salford and has scored 54 tries in 111 Super League appearances.

Ashley is a player that I have rated since I coached at Leeds when he was a young player coming through the system. He is a versatile and skilful player with a great attitude and his signing further strengthens the quality and depth in our squad for next season."

– Daryl Powell, Castleford coach

Gibson is set to face his next employers when Salford visit Castleford on Sunday in the penultimate match of the season.

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Rangi Chase wants to leave Castleford Tigers

Tangi Chase & Jordan Tansey
Castleford Tigers' Rangi Chase celebrates his first try with Jordan Tansey during Sunday's Super League match with Bradford Bulls Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.

Castleford Tigers have confirmed that stand off Rangi Chase has submitted a request to leave the Super League club. The 27 year old England international, who's made 24 appearances, scoring 6 tries for the club this season, won the Super League man of steel award in 2011.

He's been with the club since signing from Australian NRL side St George Illawarra in 2009.

Castleford Tigers sign Frankie Mariano

Castleford Tigers have signed former Hull KR back rower Frankie Mariano from Super League neighbours Wakefield.

The 26-year-old will join the Tigers on a 12-month deal when his current contract with the Wildcats expires at the end of the season.

Mariano, who made the latest of his 46 appearances for Wakefield in their 24-14 win over Widnes on Monday, played under Castleford coach Daryl Powell earlier this season when he had a loan spell at Featherstone.

"It will be good to work with him again. I feel comfortable talking to him and, having worked with him already, I don't class him as a new person so that was a big part of the move."

– Frankie Mariano

"Frankie is a big and athletic back rower who can punch holes in opposition defences.

"He's also versatile with a strong ability to play in the centre equally effectively.

"His addition for next year brings size and experience to the squad and further enhances the competition for places in our forward pack."

– Daryl Powell

Powell looks to extend Rhinos' misery

Daryl Powell
Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Former Leeds favourite Daryl Powell will be aiming to pile on the agony for his old club tonight when he takes his Castleford side to Headingley.

The champions are reeling from four straight defeats and the loss of England internationals Kallum Watkins and Danny McGuire to injury but Powell, who was in the last Leeds team to win the Challenge Cup and went on to coach them, has little sympathy for their current plight.

The Tigers are looking to complete a first Super League double over their big-city neighbours following their 14-12 triumph at Wheldon Road in February and Powell believes his players will also have derived confidence from the three competitive matches under which he has presided.

"It's a big challenge for us obviously. Leeds have got a few people missing but they've got a deep squad, " said Powell.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge. We're not far off in games at the moment. We're not playing at our best consistently but we're certainly in the battle every single week.

"There's some confidence there. We've played them twice this year - we've beaten them once and run them close in the Cup - so there's not much in terms of the games that have been played this year."

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Early kick off time has angered Castleford

Castleford are angry over a decision to bring forward the kick-off time for next Saturday's Super League match against Catalan Dragons in Perpignan.

The match, which will be the first for new Tigers coach Daryl Powell, has been moved from 6pm to 3pm after the Rugby Football League accepted a request from French television.

Castleford say they objected to the late change because of the disruption caused to fans who put their travel arrangements in place weeks ago.

Video: Daryl Powell full interview

Castleford Tigers have announced Daryl Powell will become their new head coach He was previously head coach at Featherstone Rovers.

Featherstone Chief Executive Craig Poskitt said: "We thank Daryl for his outstanding services to Featherstone Rovers. It was our duty to allow Castleford the opportunity to speak with Daryl and he decided that the move was the right direction for him to take.

Featherstone Rovers: Daryl Powell has been "outstanding"

Daryl Powell

Castleford Tigers have announced Daryl Powell will become their new head coach.

He was previously head coach at Featherstone Rovers.

Featherstone Chief Executive Craig Poskitt said: "We thank Daryl for his outstanding services to Featherstone Rovers. It was our duty to allow Castleford the opportunity to speak with Daryl and he decided that the move was the right direction for him to take.

“I would like to state that the club will now be on the look-out for a replacement that shares our vision and wants to be a part of the long term future of the club in Super League.”

Castleford Tigers appoint new head coach

Super League side Castleford Tigers have appointed Daryl Powell as their new head coach.

"Castleford Tigers is such a proud and traditional Club and it has so much going for it. It is highly regarded in terms of developing its young players and the first team squad has an abundance of quality. I am looking forward to driving the standards and consistency of the team.

“Danny Orr and Richard Tunningley have done a fantastic job in stabilising the group over the last few weeks as the win v Hull KR showed.

“I’ve had a wonderful experience as Head Coach of Featherstone Rovers. I’d like to think that I’ve left them in such a positive place. I’d like to thank everybody at the Club from top to bottom. The board, players, back room staff and the fans have been massively supportive of me and I wish them all the best for the future.”

– Daryl Powell

“We have taken our time over the appointment of a new Head Coach because we wanted to ensure that we brought the right man on board and I’m convinced that Daryl Powell is that man.

“He is an excellent coach who has proven his skills at Featherstone Rovers over several seasons. He is at the cutting edge of coaching and his previous role as Assistant Coach of the England side shows how highly regarded he is.

“We would also like to thank the Featherstone Rovers Chairman, Mark Campbell for allowing us to speak to Daryl and Chief Executive, Craig Poskitt for ensuring a smooth transition.”

– Steve Gill, Tigers’ Chief Executive
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