Castleford have agreed a dual-registration partnership with League 1 club Keighley for the upcoming season.
The partnership could see players not selected in Castleford’s squad appear for the League 1 club, while players can also move in the opposite direction to feature for the Tigers’ reserves, with Cougars duo Dan Parker and Dan Hawksworth both featuring in a recent pre-season friendly against Widnes.
“Our dual registration agreement with Keighley provides our coaching staff with another vital option to secure game time for players within our structures,” said Castleford Tigers director of rugby, Jon Wells.
“We’ve got an excellent relationship with Keighley and both Rhys Lovegrove (head coach) and former Tiger Jake Webster have spent time in our first team environment during the off season as we establish the links to make this partnership a real success.
“Along with the academy and reserves competitions, we are now partnered with clubs in both the Championship and League One, giving us a range of pathways to continue the development of the players within our group, whilst we can also offer valuable game time to some of Keighley’s reserves players as well with the Cougars no longer able to play in the reserves competition this year.”