Fozzard takes up Cas post

James Gordon

Recently retired prop Nick Fozzard has been appointed as the new Commercial Manager at Castleford.

Fozzard, 35, was due to play out the season with Dewsbury in the Championship, but suffered a shoulder injury which would rule him out for the year, and the former St Helens man opted to retire from the game after 19 seasons.

He told the club’s official website: “My body has finally told me to pack in playing and I’ve listened to it. The time was right to retire from playing and I feel very fortunate to have had such a long and enjoyable career in the game. I’m now ready for the next chapter and look forward to embracing some new challenges off the field.

“I was fortunate to have some different options open to me, but I was impressed by the ambition of the Board and can see how Cas is a club with a very bright future, particularly with the new Stadium on the horizon.

“Everyone here was fantastic towards me when I played for the club and the fact I know the place and the people here makes it perfect for me. I want to make a difference and am determined to do so here with Cas.”

The Wakefield-born forward started his career with Leeds and then Huddersfield, before moving on to Warrington. He will probably be most remembered for his first spell at St Helens, where he won several honours including the Challenge Cup and World Club Challenge, as well as being selected in the 2007 Dream Team.

He then spent a year at Hull KR before returning to St Helens for another season, and then ending his Super League career with a year at Castleford, where he made 19 appearances.