Matterson sticks with Tigers


Castleford coach Terry Matterson has committed himself to the Tigers for the 2007 campaign. The Tigers have been in discussions with the former London and Brisbane Bronco player following their relegation last week and are extremely happy that he has agreed to stay with the club and continue with the task of creating a successful Super League side.

CEO Richard Wright said: "After the disappointment of relegation, understandably Terry has given his situation a great deal of thought. But he has now committed himself to the club and we are delighted that he is staying and now it is all systems go, with everyone at the Tigers fully committed to our aim of an immediate return to Super League. We have a lot of work to do to make that happen and we have already started our recruitment process. Terry's decision will certainly help us in that process and we believe that some players will stick with us on the basis of Terry staying.

"We have had a set-back but our ambitions are only deferred by 12 months, by which time we aim to see the Tigers playing in Super League and on the verge of a move to a new stadium."

Terry said: "Relegation was a real blow and, as it did for everyone associated with the club, it took some coming to terms with. It certainly gave me a lot to think about, but I came over here to do a job, which was to see the Tigers succeed in Super League and although relegation was a setback my aims are the same and I am totally committed to the task in hand. "There is still the hope that Whitehaven might provide us with a lifeline but we are now moving ahead and planning for next season. The National League looks a tough competition and obviously we will lose quite a number of our current players, but I am confident that we will put a squad together that will get us back into the top flight. That is my immediate task and everyone at the club is fully focused on making it happen."