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Season Preview: Castleford Tigers

The Tigers off-season has been all but successful, with the news that Luke Gale will miss all of the 2019 season with a ruptured Achilles tendon. They severely missed the half-back last season. His absence from the team this season has meant that the Tigers can reuse Gale’s salary cap value on another player for the 2019 season.

However, with doubts over Jamie Ellis’ and Ben Roberts’ fitness, throws the spotlight on supremely gifted Jake Trueman and, possibly, Cory Aston which will be a very big ask of the young pair.

After losing last seasons semi-final, Daryl Powell stated that he wanted more players with a winning mentality. Despite saying this, the Tigers have only managed to bring in Jordan Rankin just two weeks ago.

Many players have had their contacts upgraded, Mike McMeeken and Greg Minikin among them.

With just Rankin added to the Tigers ranks and many players leaving The Jungle, I predict that Castleford won’t make the play-offs.

Squad:

Peter Mata’utia, James Clare, Greg Minikin, Michael Shenton, Greg Eden, Jake Trueman, Luke Gale, Liam Watts, Paul McShane, Grant Millington, Oliver Holmes, Mike McMeeken, Adam Milner, Nathan Massey, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Junior Moors, Alex Foster, Matt Cook, Ben Roberts, Jamie Ellis, Mitch Clark, Will Maher, Cory Aston, Tuoyo Egodo, Kieran Gill, Calum Turner, Lewis Peachey, Jacques O’Neil, Robbie Storey, Lewis Carr, Jordan Rankin.

INS:

Jordan Rankin (Huddersfield Giants)

OUTS:

Jake Webster (Bradford Bulls), James Green (Bradford Bulls), Gadwin Springer (Toronto Wolfpack), Quentin Laulu-Togagae (Halifax), Brandon Douglas (Doncaster), Kieran Gill (Newcastle – loan), Jack Wray (Dewsbury), Joe Wardle (Huddersfield Giants)

Predicted League Finish: 8th

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