Mariano to leave Castleford

Castleford Tigers have confirmed the departure of forward Frankie Mariano at the end of the season.

Mariano signed for the Tigers ahead of the 2014 season and featured in the Challenge Cup Final that season.

However, a string of serious injuries has hampered his career in the last two seasons, making just ten appearances for Castleford since the beginning of last season.

The 29-year-old underwent a knee reconstruction last season and also had wrist and quad injuries that delayed his return. He will now be looking for a new club ahead of 2017.

“I’d just like to say a big thank you to everyone at Castleford Tigers,” said Mariano.

“I’d like to thank the coaching staff for developing me as a player, the physio team for looking after me during my injuries, the boys for being there on and off the field, and the board of directors and staff behind the scenes at Castleford Tigers, it really is a close-knit club.”

Daryl Powell added: “Frankie unfortunately has received an injury which will prevent him from playing the remainder of this season and we have decided not to extend his contract. Frank has been a great bloke to work with and has put in some awesome efforts for the team during his time at the club, I would like to wish him all the best for the future and thank him for his time at the Tigers.”

Steve Gill, Castleford Tigers CEO said: “Frankie has been a great bloke to have around the club, and he will be missed. He has given us some memorable moments, especially his try against Catalans this season that confirmed our Super League status and brought the house down. From everyone at the club and on behalf of all our fans I would like to wish Frankie the best of luck for his future.”