Castleford Tigers teenager Conor Fitzsimmons has joined League 1 outfit Workington Town on a season-long loan.
The versatile forward joins the Cumbrian outfit after an impressive year, which saw him represent England Academy and play twice for Castleford’s first-team, including a game against St Helens in the Super 8s.
Town coach Dave Clark, who has worked with Fitzsimmons in the past said: “I’m really excited to sign Conor.He is a model rugby league player who trains hard, looks after himself and as well as being a strong, direct runner is a very
“He is a model rugby league player who trains hard, looks after himself and as well as being a strong, direct runner is a very skilful Rugby League player. When I had one of my regular chats with Pete Riding (Castleford Head of Youth) it became apparent Cas were looking to his further development through regular professional rugby and I jumped at the chance.
“I recently toured with the England Academy in Australia so I know exactly what attributes he can bring to Town next year. Not only will he stand out as a talented player in his own right, he will help with our young development players because he has spent last season in a Super League environment. He was always a joy to coach and I look forward to working with him again.
Fitzsimmons said: “I’m really looking forward to working with Dave Clark again. He has very high expectations and my game improved steadily when he was my coach at the Academy. This year will be a great way to get regular game time in a very competitive league. I’m particularly looking forward to playing in the Workington – Whitehaven derby as I’ve watched so many from the terraces. Playing for my hometown team will be a great honour and I can’t wait to join up with Jason Mossop who was my coach and teacher at the school.”
Castleford Head of Youth Pete Riding said: “This is a great opportunity for Conor. It’s a perfect fit for him at this stage in his development to play first team Rugby on a consistent basis. Dave Clark is a very good coach and the environment that he is creating at Workington is one we believe Conor will thrive in. He will complete his pre-season with us here at Castleford and then join up with Workington from February 1st.”