Castleford Tigers announce squad numbers - here's who will wear which jersey in 2021 season

Star signing Niall Evalds is Castleford Tigers' new number one.

Friday, 5th February 2021, 10:40 pm
Tigers' long-serving number four Michael Shenton evades new teammate Niall Evalds to score during last year's win over Salford. Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com

The former Salford Red Devils full-back will wear the coveted jersey this year after Tigers' squad numbers were confirmed on Friday night.

Last year's number one, Jordan Rankin, left midway through the season to return to Australia.

Of Tigers' other new signings, the ex-Huddersfield duo of Suaia Matagi and Jordan Turner receive squad numbers 24 and 25 respectively and Lewis Bienek, brought in from Hull, is number 26.

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Jacques O'Neill has moved up Tigers' squad list. Picture by Jacques O'Neill (Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.

Cheyse Blair, previously number 18, will wear the 12 shirt vacated by Mike McMeeken following his move to Catalans Dragons.

Gareth O’Brien, a mid-season signing from Toronto Wolfpack last year, takes number 16, with George Griffin moving up a place to 15.

Jacques O’Neill rises from 22 to 18 and other players to go up the order include Tyla Hepi (to 19 from 24) , James Clare (to 20 from 21) and Greg Eden (from 25 to 23).

Jesse Sene-Lefao drops to 21 and Dan Smith moves from 19 to 22.

Eighteen-year-old Cain Robb is promoted into the first team squad at number 31 and other academy products Brad Graham, Sam Hall and Lewis Peachey are also included, along with Brad Martin.

Tigers 2021 squad numbers 1 - Niall Evalds, 2 - Derrell Olpherts, 3 - Peter Mata’utia, 4 - Michael Shenton, 5 - Sosaia Feki, 6 - Jake Trueman, 7 - Danny Richardson, 8 - Liam Watts, 9 - Paul McShane, 10 - Grant Millington, 11 - Oliver Holmes, 12 - Cheyse Blair, 13 - Adam Milner, 14 - Nathan Massey, 15 - George Griffin, 16 - Gareth O’Brien, 17 - Alex Foster, 18 - Jacques O’Neill, 19 - Tyla Hepi, 20 - James Clare, 21 - Jesse Sene-Lefao, 22 - Daniel Smith, 23 - Greg Eden, 24 - Suaia Matagi, 25 - Jordan Turner, 26 - Lewis Bienek, 27 - Lewis Peachey, 28 - Brad Martin , 29 - Sam Hall, 30 - Brad Graham, 31- Cain Robb.