Castleford confirm six departures at the end of the season

Drew Darbyshire
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Castleford have confirmed that Derrell Olpherts and Ryan Hampshire will be amongst six players leaving the club at the end of the season.

Olpherts, Hampshire, Jake Trueman, James Clare, Cheyse Blair and Sosaia Feki will depart the Jungle at the season’s end.

The Tigers have confirmed their exits ahead of their final home match of the regular season against Salford on Bank Holiday Monday.

“Everyone at Castleford Tigers would like to thank these players for their service to our club and wish them well in whatever comes next for them,” a club statement read.

What next for the departing Castleford players?

Winger Olpherts, 30, has been heavily linked with a move to Leeds for 2023. The Rhinos have yet to confirm his signature.

Half-back Trueman, 23, will join Hull FC on a three-year deal from next season. He suffered a season-ending ACL injury whilst in action for Castleford at the start of July.

Castleford coach Lee Radford confirmed to Love Rugby League back in May that Australian forward Blair would leave the club upon the expiry of his contract. It’s understood that the 30-year-old will return home.

Former Tonga international Sosaia Feki has had a nightmare with injuries in his three seasons with Castleford. He has been limited to just two first team appearances, and is likely to head home to Australia.

Utility back Hampshire is another player who has been unlucky with injuries during his time at the Tigers. He returned to the Jungle ahead of this season but has been limited to five games. His next destination is not yet known.

Winger Clare has found chances hard to come by in Lee Radford’s side this season, playing just three games. He also enjoyed a stint on loan in the Championship York earlier this year.

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