CASTLEFORD TIGERS stalwart Stuart Jones has been tipped for a big future in coaching after becoming the latest player to confirm he will leave the club at the end of the season.
Jones, 30 plans to retire from full-time rugby league to concentrate on a job elsewhere in sport.
Cas coach Ian Millward described the utility-forward as one of Tigers’ top professionals.
“He has got a good job offer and I think he may look at playing in the Championship, so he can fulfil his work duties during the day and training in the evening,” said Millward.
“If you set out our top three pro’s here, he’d definitely be in that. He is a really good bloke.
“He is very, very good. He would be a fantastic player with a Championship club next year and I could see him being a very good coach down the track if he wanted to do that.
“I can’t speak highly enough of him. His attitude and everything about him is fantastic. We want to make some changes and he is off-contract, but I still think he has plenty to offer.”
Jones joined Tigers from Huddersfield Giants in 2009, after previous spells with Wigan and St Helens.
He said “I have enjoyed my time here. There have been some ups and downs along the way, but I will be able to look back and say I’ve had a good four years at Cas.
“I’ve had a good job opportunity come up and it is time I started looking towards my future career and this means stepping down from full-time rugby.
“It has been a good experience at Cas. There’s been a great bunch of lads over the years and the fans are second to none.”