Castleford Tigers

The latest news from the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

Chris Clarkson has joined the Tigers on trial for the pre-season. Clarkson has played in Super League since making his debut for Leeds Rhinos in 2010. During five seasons with the club, Clarkson appeared over 100 times for Leeds before moving on to play for Hull KR after a loan spell at Widnes. The 28-year old has joined the rest of the first team squad with a hope of earning a first team contract with the Tigers. (7 Jan)

The Tigers have confirmed that Luke Gale has sustained another injury which is likely to keep him out of the team for a significant amount of time. Gale was already recovering from knee surgery and will now have a scan on a suspected ruptured Achilles‘ tendon which happened during training this weekend. Director of Rugby Jon Wells said, "Luke will be seeing a specialist to assess the seriousness of the injury but unfortunately the early prognosis doesn’t look great". (6 Jan)

Super League will feature shot clocks, Golden Point extra time and a number of other changes to the laws and playing conditions in 2019 to introduce more speed and on-field drama for spectators and television viewers to enjoy. The shot clocks will hopefully help to reduce the number and length of stoppages in matches, ensuring more action with the ball in play. Teams will be penalised if they fail to beat the shot clock for scrums (35 seconds) or drop-outs (30 seconds) – while sanctions will also be introduced to ensure that no more than 80 seconds of match time is used up by each kick at goal. (2 Jan)

The Tigers got their pre-season campaign off to an impressive start with a 56-0 victory over local rivals Featherstone Rovers. Kieran Gill and Lewis Carr both scored a hat trick of tries. Daryl Powell told Tigers TV (£), "You can see that there's some players who are going to be playing Super League" saying he was very pleased with the young players who featured in the friendly win. (30 Dec)

Castleford may be without half-back Luke Gale at the start of the new Super League season as his recovery from knee surgery continues. Coach Daryl Powell told the League Express newspaper that they're making sure his leg has properly healed and Gale may miss the opening round match against Catalans Dragons. There's better news for Jake Trueman who's set to appear in the Tigers pre-season programme following a hand injury. (19 Dec)

Oliver Holmes and Will Maher will both miss the entire pre-season programme after picking up injuries. Holmes has finally succumbed to a shoulder injury that he carried through the end of last season and during his time with England Knights. Maher reported for pre-season with the rest of the squad but during the first session ruptured his pectoral muscle. He has undergone surgery already and is on the road to recovery. (5 Dec)

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