Castleford happy to let Bailey and Wheeldon go

Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell.
Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell.
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CASTLEFORD TIGERS coach Daryl Powell has confirmed props Scott Wheeldon and Ryan Bailey will not be retained next year.

Wheeldon joined Tigers ahead of last season following previous spells with Hull, Hull KR and London Broncos.

Bailey signed in April after being released by Hull KR. He moved from Leeds Rhinos to Rovers last autumn, but played just once for the East Yorkshire outfit.

Both players are on contact until the end of this season.

Wheeldon has played 11 times for Tigers this year, but has been sidelined since the defeat at Wigan Warriors on May 8.

Powell said: “He is a great kid and a really great pro’. He has been outstanding for us, to be honest, but this year has been tough.

“He got a long-term knee injury, but he would be an asset to any club, he is a top player and a top kid.”

The last of Bailey’s five appearances was the home win over St Helens in June.

“He has done a decent job for us, but with the young front-rowers we’ve got – Gadwin Springer and Will Maher – we feel we are covered for next season,” Powell added.

Meanwhile, Powell said Tigers’ players and staff were shocked by the badly broken leg their former player Richard Owen suffered playing for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats against Bradford Bulls last weekend.

“I was devastated when I saw that,” Powell said. “He’s had a rough time lately and it’s terrible when something like that happens. I wish him – and all the other players injured at the weekend – all the best.”