1. ITV Report

Tigers snap up Joe Wardle

Castleford Tigers have signed Joe Wardle from NRL side Newcastle Knights.

Wardle has signed a three-year-deal with Castleford Credit: Press Association

The 25-year-old joins the Tigers for the 2018 season on a three-year-deal.

Scottish International Wardle, who can play in the centre and the back row, made 141 appearances for Huddersfield Giants before heading to Newcastle Knights in December 2017 on a three-year-deal.

Wardle has made 15 appearances for the Knights this season.

I would just like to say thank you to Newcastle for working alongside me in what has been a hard time adjusting to life down under. Rugby careers are short so happiness is key and sometimes things don’t work out, which is unfortunately the case. I am really looking forward to getting back home, getting my family settled and teaming up with Daryl and the rest of the boys for the 2018 campaign.

– Joe Wardle
Daryl Powell says he has been a fan of the utility player for a number of years Credit: Press Association

Joe Wardle is a player that I have been a fan of for a number of years since his time at Huddersfield.

I am delighted that on returning to England he has decided that we are the club to help him achieve his goals in the game.

He is a tough player on both sides of the game being a great line runner on attack and a solid aggressive defender. He can play in both centre and back row positions which strengthens us significantly and grows our competition for places within an already awesome squad.

I look forward to his arrival at the club and getting him accustomed to how we play.

– Daryl Powell, Castleford Tigers Head Coach