Wakefield sign Richard Owen from Castleford

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have completed the permanent signing of Castleford Tigers winger Richard Owen.

The 24-year-old played in the last 14 matches of the season after joining the Wildcats on loan in May and has now signed a three-year contract.

“Rich was really good for us in the back half of last season,” said Wakefield coach James Webster.

“He fitted in well to the group and he’s versatile which will be good for us as we’re a little thin in that area. He’s a proven player at this level and has over 100 Super League games to his name so his experience will be an asset to us.”

Owen is the third Wakefield player to turn a loan spell into a permanent move following scrum-half Tim Smith and fellow winger Chris Riley’s decisions to stay on.

“I can’t wait,” Owen said. “It’s a good club to be at. I enjoyed my time here last season and think it’s a great opportunity for me to set my position here.”

Owen will come up against his old Castleford team-mates in the opening game of the new season.