Tigers plans hit by recession

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Castleford have admitted that they might have to scale down their plans for a new stadium because of the recession. The Tigers have outline planning consent for a 14,000 capacity ground next to the M62, but now say they might have to build it in stages.

"We hope to get detailed planning consent in six months' time, but given the time constraints we might have to phase the building," said the club's chief executive, Richard Wright.

Castleford must now hope for a flexible attitude from the Rugby League, who have warned four clubs that they need better grounds before the next round of Super League licences. Coach Terry Matterson was back at the helm yesterday, despite losing a finger scaling a fence during a training trip to France.