Oliver Holmes and Peter Mata’utia to leave Castleford at end of season

Castleford have announced that duo Oliver Holmes and Peter Mata’utia will leave the club at the end of the 2021 Super League season.

The Tigers confirmed that the pair were offered extended contracts, but will be departing at the end of the current campaign.

Holmes, 28, is a product of the Tigers academy system and made his top-flight debut at 17 years of age back in 2010. Since then, he has gone on to feature in twelve Super League seasons and make over 200 appearances for the Mend-A-Hose Jungle outfit.

He said: “Castleford Tigers has been my entire adult life. It is all I have ever known since I left school and came through the academy. All my life has been based around Cas, so to say that the club means a lot to me is a bit of an understatement.

“I wouldn’t change a thing about my time here. The people that I have met, the coaches that I have met, the fans, everything that has gone on during my time at the club has put me in the position that I am in today.”

Mata’utia joined the Tigers in July 2018 midway through that season from Leigh Centurions.

He added: “I’ve had a blast. This has probably been the best time I’ve had in my career being here at Cas. It has made me love the game again and it gave me a different perspective of playing it for fun too.

“The first year I came here was probably one of the toughest times of my life and all those players who have been here since 2018 hold a special place in my heart. I’ve enjoyed every day been here at Cas and I’m pretty gutted to leave.”

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