Wednesday 24th February 2010
Story in brief:
The Tigers have signed Wigan Warriors exciting young winger Shaun Ainscough on a one month loan deal.
The 20-year-old flyer burst to prominence last season when he scored 17 tries in just 12 senior appearances after making his Engage Super League debut, and scoring, against the Tigers. An England Academy international his 2009 try haul included four in one game against Wakefield and at the time there was talk of his making the senior England squad.
Shaun joined the Warriors from Wigan St Judes and developed through their Academy ranks. This season, pending the commencement of the Under 20's competition, has seen him playing for Widnes on a dual registration contract, scoring for them at the weekend in their Northern Rail game with Swinton.
Tigers boss Terry Matterson said: "With Richard Owen ruled out and Kirk Dixon not quite ready to return, although he should be back in a couple of weeks, I felt that was important for us to bring someone in pretty quickly. Shaun is an exiting young player who did very well last season but Wigan have a fair bit of strength in his position which saw him placed on a dual contract with Widnes, but I'm very pleased that we have been able to bring him on-board. He is very quick and he has shown that he knows the way to the line and I expect him to make his debut in Saturday's game against Hull KR.
"Initially Shaun will be with us for a month, and he cannot be recalled in that time, but there may be an opportunity for that to be extended if it suits all parties
"However part of the deal with Wigan is that he will not be able to play in our game against them on the 21 March, and were the loan to be extended, he will not be able to play in the Carnegie Challenge Cup as understandably Wigan do not wish him to be cup-tied. I would though like to thank the Warriors for allowing the loan deal to go through."
Shaun said: "It's a good move for me joining Castleford; I'm really pleased to be back in Super League and can't wait for the game at the weekend. Obviously I had a chance at this level last season but then I missed out for the last couple of months so I have wanted to get back into playing in the top flight for a while. I'm looking forward to meeting the guys tomorrow and hope to take this chance to show what I can do in Super League."
Don't miss Shaun's anticipated debut on Saturday, buy your ticket in advance on line or in the Tigers Den and save money!