Castleford Tigers can confirm that head of youth development Steve Gill has been appointed chief executive on an interim basis following the resignation of Steve Ferres on Tuesday.
Gill, 53, a former assistant coach of the first team under Dave Woods, has been head of the club’s youth development department since 2008.
It is a period in the club’s history in which a host of young players have emerged into Super League stars to the point that over half of the Tigers’ current first team squad are home-grown talents developed from within the club.
Castleford have lined up Warrington half-back Gareth O'Brien as a stop-gap replacement for the suspended Rangi Chase.
The Tigers have decided not to appeal the two-match ban imposed on Chase for a reckless tackle on Leeds full-back Zak Hardaker in last Sunday's 14-12 win over the champions.
Instead, they are to acquire the services of O'Brien, 21, who has been unable to force his way into the Wolves team so far this season and played on a dual-registration for Championship club Swinton last weekend.
Castleford announced on their website that O'Brien joined the squad for training yesterday and they expect to formalise a month-long loan deal with the Wolves today, in time for him to make his debut at Bradford on Saturday.
O'Brien, who had a month's loan with Widnes last season, has made 11 senior appearances for the Wolves.
Castleford stand-off Rangi Chase has been banned for two matches after being found guilty of a reckless strike during his side's 14-12 Super League win over champions Leeds.
Chase, the 2011 Man of Steel, was charged over the tackle that knocked out his England team-mate Zak Hardaker and was also fined £300 when he appeared in front of the Rugby Football League's disciplinary committee.
He will miss the Tigers' match at Bradford on Saturday and their home game against Catalan Dragons on Sunday week.
Castleford are confident Sunday's pre-season friendly against Featherstone will go ahead after emergency repairs at the ground. The game was in doubt following the theft of electrical cabling, but the biggest threat now will come from the weather, with heavy snow forecast over the weekend.
"The electricians have done a fantastic job working over the weekend to get us in a position to be able to host the game against Featherstone this Sunday. As a result, I can confidently say that the necessary work will be completed in time for the match to take place at the Wish Communications Stadium subject to weather conditions. Due to electrical work that still needs to be carried out, however, we have moved kick off to the earlier time of 2pm."
Castleford Tigers have appointed England centre Michael Shenton as their new captain for 2013.
26-year-old Shenton, who began his career with the Tigers before moving to St Helens two years ago, is one of seven new signings made by coach Ian Millward for Super League XVIII and takes over the captaincy from the retired Danny Orr.
"I have been very impressed with Michael's attitude and willingness to contribute in training so far," said Millward. "As a former England international he has made a big statement returning to Castleford and I believe he will be a great captain for us."
Shenton has been given his old number three jersey, while Australian utility back Justin Carney will wear two and Jamie Ellis gets Orr's old number seven shirt. Jake Webster, Jordan Tansey, Lee Gilmour and Weller Hauraki are Castleford's other new recruits.
Castleford Tigers have confirmed that Rangi Chase will be a Tigers player for the 2013 season.
We are delighted that the situation has been resolved and we are looking forward to seeing him regain the form that led to him being crowned Man of Steel in 2011. Having spoken to Rangi he is happy to be staying at the club and is meeting with the Castleford physio today to assess his groin injury so he can be ready for the pre-season friendlies in January."
Castleford's England rugby league international Rangi Chase is in talks with his old Australian club St George Illawarra. The future of the 2011 Man of Steel, who is currently with England on a training camp in South Africa, has been the subject of increasing speculation.
Castleford today acted to quash rumours that he had signed for the the French side Catalan Dragons. In a statement, Tigers chief executive Steve Ferres said: "Rangi is in talks with the club but to date, no transfer has been agreed and he remains a Castleford player."
Chase, 26, has three years left on his contract after signing a new deal only 12 months ago, but speculation has surrounded his future ever since he was suspended by Castleford in June for breaching club rules on drinking alcohol before a match.
A cash crisis may force Castleford Tigers to shelve plans for a new stadium, and re-develop their existing ground instead.
Castleford signed a deal last year to sell and redevelop Wheldon Road as a supermarket, which would then fund a new £12m stadium at nearby Glasshoughton.
But at a meeting called to update fans on the club's precarious financial position, chief executive Steve Ferres revealed that with the Rugby League prepared to relax Super League stadium requirements because of the current economic climate, progress on the new development had stalled.
He also said that Castleford - who finished next to bottom in Super League last season - may consider selling their most prized asset, England half back Rangi Chase.