Tigers swap Wardle for Rankin
Posted: Friday 11th January 2019 - 7:36 PM
Castleford and Huddersfield confirm a swap deal that will see Joe Wardle joining the Giants and Jordan Rankin coming to the Tigers.
Initially, the swap is a loan deal between both parties but with interest from all sides to make this a permanent move sooner rather than later.
Rankin, 27, is a versatile playmaker who has previously played for Gold Coast Titans and Wests Tigers in the NRL and Hull FC in Super League, racking up over 130 first grade appearances and averaging a try around every five games in both competitions.
Castleford Tigers’ Director of Rugby Jon Wells said:
“Jordan is a player that I have admired for a few years now and we’re delighted to welcome him to the Tigers.
“He’s a very experienced, high quality player who we think will be a great fit at the club. He is a fantastic competitor who can provide options in a number of positions and further strengthens our backline, so we can’t wait for him to get started with us.
“I would like to place on record our thanks to Huddersfield and Richard Thewlis for working with us on this and in particular Joe Wardle and his manager Iestyn Harris for their professionalism in what has been an uncertain time for Joe. We wish Joe all the very best in this next stage of his career.”
Speaking to Tigers TV, Rankin said:
“I’m over the moon to be joining Castleford Tigers. It’s a great move for me and I’m really looking forward to playing for a club with such a rich history. I’ve played against Cas for a few years now and I’m really excited to be joining the playing group here.
“They are consistently in the top four of Super League and they’ve shown numerous times how good they are and the points they can score from anywhere on the field, which is quite admirable for my game.
“I’d like to see myself playing in the halves here at Castleford, it’s the position that I feel most comfortable in. I’m a running half so that is a part of my game that I really want to bring out here at Cas. They like to throw the ball about so something that I’m really look forward to is playing off the back of this forward pack. They have some great outside backs that finish some incredible tries. I wouldn’t turn down fullback spot because I’m happy to play in any position for this squad.
“It’s a very intimidating place to come and play is the Jungle not just because of the way that Cas play but because of the supporters. They come out in numbers every week and I’m really looking forward to having the opportunity to come out here in a Cas shirt this time and be welcomed instead of the other way around. I can’t thank the club enough for giving me this opportunity and I can’t wait to get stuck in with the boys and meet all of the fans.”
Huddersfield Giants CEO Richard Thewlis added:
“This move came about very quickly within the last 24 hours and we’ll be delighted to welcome Joe back. He will fly back from camp over the weekend and we’ll see him for training Monday morning with the squad.
“Simon (Woolford) was looking for back row and centre competition and Joe clearly brings this to us and of course has the chance to play in Super League alongside his brother.”
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