Evans calls it quits
Castleford Tigers centre James Evans has announced his retirement due to injury at the age of 32.
The former Canberra, Huddersfield Giants, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Bradford Bulls star spent two seasons at the Jungle, scoring 16 tries in 31 appearances, but missed the end of this year’s campaign with a groin injury.
Head coach Terry Matterson said: “We’re massively disappointed. Jimmy is a quality person and we had high hopes of him bouncing back with a big 2011. He will be sorely missed.
“It is a very unselfish decision he has made with the club’s best interests at heart. This way he’s given the club an opportunity to find a replacement before the season gets underway and I’d like to wish him and his partner Kat all the very best for the future.”
Evans himself added: “I’d like to thank Terry and all of the coaching staff who have worked with me. The coaching and the way the club has looked after me has been first-class.
“I’m going home (to Australia) where I’ll relax for the first few weeks. I’ve no definite plans as to what I’m going to do so I’ll see what opportunities come up. I’ll definitely be keeping a close eye on the club’s fortunes in the future. I’ve really enjoyed my time at the Tigers.”