New Tigers kit unveiled
The new Castleford Tigers home kit for 2011 was unveiled this week, modelled by Joe Arundel, Brett Ferres and new signing Richard Mathers.
The shirt reflects the design of the kit worn by the Tigers when they last won the Carnegie Challenge Cup at Wembley in 1986.
Having lifted the famous cup with back-to-back Final wins for Warrington in 2009 and 2010, Mathers believes a third personal consecutive win is a possibility with his new club:
“I think we’ve got a good group of players here; it’s not beyond our reach.”
“It’s pretty apt it will be 25 years and that we’ll be playing in that strip. It’d like to think we can do it justice next season and have another visit to Wembley. It would be uncanny and nice little script if we could do it again.
Mathers is excited about getting life as a Tiger underway:
“I’m really looking forward to getting started. It’s a new challenge.
“I’m due to start on November 15th after Terry gave me a couple of extra weeks off after the play-off, but hopefully I will start a bit earlier.
“You can only have so much time off and coming to a new club I want to get stuck in early and earn the respect of the boys.”
After lifting the Challenge Cup twice and also enjoying Grand Final glory with Leeds Rhinos in 2005, Richard, 26, believes he has a lot to bring to the Tigers outfit:
“I’ve been fortunate to play in some big games for some great teams. I’m hoping to bring some experience and enthusiasm to the squad.
“I’m 26 and like to think I still have my best days ahead of me. It’s definitely not a matter of me coming in and talking about the past. I need to be as professional as I can be and be a good example for the younger lads.”
On the shirt itself, Richard said:
“I think it’s pretty cool. I hope the fans enjoy the new strip and that it brings back some good memories for them. Hopefully we can create some more. I can’t wait to get playing in it!”
The shirt will be available to buy from the club shop in Carlton Lanes Shopping Centre and online at www.castigers.com from Saturday 18th December – just in time for Christmas.