Following on from last week’s signing of Hull FC’s Liam Watts, many thought that would be it for Castleford’s transfer activity till the winter. However, coach Daryl Powell has confirmed that there is room for manoeuvre in the market, revealing that the signing of the 27 year old from the Airlie Birds hasn’t taken the club to the salary cap limit.
Furthermore, he added that the Tigers would have been very interested in bringing in Gareth O’Brien from Salford Red Devils before his departure to Toronto – a team Watts was strongly linked with before signing for the Wheldon Road based club. Perhaps that is a reason why the Tigers moved so quickly to sign the prop forward as they didn’t wish to miss out on two top quality players within a week of each other with O’Brien himself alluding to interest from other Super League clubs before putting pen to paper with the Wolfpack.
Powell explained, of O’Brien, that “I think he’s a really good player. There’s no doubt he would look alright in our team but he’s gone to Toronto and that’s the move he chose. I’m fairly happy with what Benny Roberts is doing for us and I think he’s going to be awesome for us.” The reigning coach of the year further added that “we’ve still got a little bit there, whether I’ll do anything with that as we move down the line I’m not sure,” referring to the available funds for recruitment.
He also suggested that the club are in discussions with senior players such as Jesse Sene-Lefao and Greg Eden, both of whom are currently set to be free agents at the end of this campaign. However, he admitted that “we haven’t got anything over the line yet.”