Castleford sign crucial deal with Westerma

Castleford have insured against having their most prized young asset poached by a bigger club by agreeing a new, four-year contract with Joe Westerman.

The teenaged back-rower has been one of the Tigers’ successes in Super League this season and had been linked with a possible move to Leeds.

But Westerman, who had a year left on his existing deal, says he is happy to stay with his home-town club.

“The club has an exciting future and I want to be a part of it,” he said.

Castleford’s chief executive, Richard Wright, welcomed the player’s decision.

“He’s still only 18 and he has the ability to play for England or Great Britain in the near future,” he said.

Cas have given Dwain Chambers two days off training following his debut against York Reserves and talks on his future are expected tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Leeds have made a signing to bolster their injury-hit squad. They have taken the French international centre or second-rower, Eric Anselme, on loan from Albi.

Anselme, who could make his debut against Bradford at Cardiff on Saturday, will be with the Rhinos until September.

The Catalan Dragons have revealed that Wigan’s Brian Noble and Jon Sharp of Huddersfield are among those who have put theur hats in the ring for the coaching role that will be vacant when Mick Potter moves to St Helens at the end of this season.

Wigan have moved their Challenge Cup tie against Whitehaven from Friday 9 May to the following Monday, in order to protect the JJB pitch for the Wigan-Manchester United game on the Sunday.

Cronulla have emerged as the favourite to sign Trent Barrett, once he gets the release he wants from Wigan.

Australia have named three new caps – the Melbourne full-back, Billy Slater, the Cronulla back-rower, Paul Gallen, and North Queensland’s Carl Webb – in their side to play New Zealand next week.

Warrington’s Jon Clarke and Ricky Bibey of Wakefield are both to face charges of striking with the forearm at today’s League disciplinary hearing. Gareth Hock of Wigan faces a similar charge, plus one of punching.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran
The young are the new poor: A third of young people pushed into poverty

The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty
Greens on the march: ‘We could be on the edge of something very big’

Greens on the march

‘We could be on the edge of something very big’
Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby - through the stories of his accusers

Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby

Through the stories of his accusers
Why are words like 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?

The Meaning of Mongol

Why are the words 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?
Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible