Castleford’s hot prospect turns professional

Castleford Tigers have agreed professional terms with Scholarship player, Jake Sweeting.

The 16-year old has signed with the club until the end of the 2018 season and will now train 27 month train with the Tigers under 19s squad.

Sweeting, who has spent the last two years on the Tigers scholarship, is comfortable at either half back of full back.

“It’s great signing for my hometown club,” said Sweeting. “To be able to pull the shirt on is a great feeling. It’s the best scenario for me being close to home. Hopefully I can work my way into the first team by the end of my third year. It is my dream to play in the first team here at Cas and I’m hoping to be able to do that one-day.”

Sweeting is looking forward to reuniting with now Under19s head coach, Tony Smith after previously being coached by him during his time in the scholarship:

“Tony coached us last year and that is probably why I learned a lot in my first year in the scholarship. I’m looking forward to being coached by him again now I’m in the 19s and hopefully I’ll continue to learn from him and the rest of the coaches.”

Castleford’s Head of Youth, Pete Riding, is delighted to have secured the services of a promising local youngster: “ It’s great to see another Castleford lad commit himself to the club.

“Jake has worked exceptionally hard in all areas of his game over the last two seasons within our scholarship program to be given this opportunity. I am delighted that he will be staying around for at least another couple of years and I look forward to seeing him continue to develop in our Academy. Further to this he is an outstanding young man and a credit to his family who I know are very proud of him”