“There still might be a little bit of movement” – Castleford Tigers boss on more recruitment with new quota spot opened

Josh McAllister
Castleford Tigers-linked players Kayal Iro and James Roumanos in between head coach Andy Last.

Andy Lasts says there still yet might be incomings at Castleford Tigers, with a quota spot having been opened following the loan move for Albert Vete.

Vete, 30, has joined League 1 outfit Doncaster on a season-long loan, with the Tigers holding a recall option on the former NRL forward.

The move has now opened up yet another quota spot at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle, with several names having been linked with the club.

As previously reported by Examiner Live’s Matt Shaw, the club were said to be keen on signing Cook Islands international Kayal Iro, with one week left until the transfer window shuts.

Australian journalist ‘The Mole’ has recently added to Iro’s Super League interest this week, with the Cronulla Sharks outside-back having played just one NRL game, although it’s being said that his current side are keen to retain the player, having been named as 18th man in recent weeks.

Mahe Fonua and Bureta Faraimo both departed Castleford this week, which could open the way for Iro, who represented Cook Islands at last year’s World Cup in England under uncle and head coach Tony Iro.

Wests Tigers prop James Roumanos has been linked with a move to Castleford by Total Rugby League, while talks with Lebanon international Elie El-Zakhem reportedly stalled earlier this month.

Andy Last on more potential movement

Castleford boss Last said more movement is possible before next week’s deadline, having recently added internationals Charbel Tasipale, Liam Horne, Billy Tsikrikas, as well as the return of Alex Foster.


“With a week to go, there still might be a little bit of movement,” Last said.

“It depends what happens this week, if we pick up any injuries or knocks.

“I think every team is the same, if something comes up and you can make something happen, then we’ll try to make it happen.

“If it improves your team and the competition in your squad then you’ll do the best you can to try and make that happen. We’re the same as everybody else.

“I think we’re always looking, I think every team is the same.

“If someone becomes available that can really improve your team and you’ve got the finance to make that happen, then I think we’ll try to make that happen.

“We’re not actively looking again but it’s that time of year where agents are sending emails out and players are sending emails out and if someone takes your fancy, then you might try to make it happen, so we’re exactly the same.

“If something happens, we’ll try our best to make another signing if we felt as though it was needed and it made the squad better.”

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