Thursday 17th October 2013
Castleford Tigers have announced that nine players have signed two-year professional contracts with the club, including seven players who were on the Tigers' Scholarship, while another has signed on-loan.
Lee Alderson, a back row/centre joins from his amateur club Stanley Rangers, James Brown, a pivot/full back joins from Lock Lane while Nathanial Callaghan, a centre is from Hunslet Warriors.
Three players have signed from Milford Marlins; Niadh Currie-Clark, a front row, Daniel Sowerby, a pivot and Brandon Douglas who was on the Bradford Bulls Scholarship is a front row/ back row.
Back row Brandon Westerman is the cousin of former Castleford Tigers and current Hull FC player Joe Westerman and joins from Castleford Panthers, while hooker Ryan Westerman, who is no relation to either, joins from Stanley Wildcats.
Towering prop Will Maher enjoyed a successful trial period at the club towards the end of the 2013 season and signs on a 12-month loan from the Cumbria Regional Academy while Brad Day, a second row who has represented England at youth level has signed from Wakefield Wildcats.
Tigers Chief Executive Steve Gill said: "I'd like to offer a warm welcome to all of the players who have signed professional contracts with the club.
"We are very proud of our history of developing some of the best talent in Super League and these young men are the latest to have the opportunity to work their way up to that standard.
"Our young players have all the tools and education they need to compliment their undoubted potential and we're excited to work with them and help them achieve their aspirations."
Pictured from left to right, front row: Lee Alderson, James Brown, Daryl Powell (Tigers Head Coach), Nathanial Callaghan, Daniel Sowerby; back row: Steve Gill (CEO), Brandon Douglas, Niadh Currie-Clark, Brad Day, Brandon Westerman, Richard Tunningley (Departing Head of Youth Development). Missing from the picture are Ryan Westerman and Will Maher.