MISSING OUT on goal-kicking half-back Marc Sneyd for next year is no big deal, according to Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell.
Sneyd is spending this season on loan at Tigers from Salford Red Devils, but will join Hull in 2015.
Tigers had hoped to keep Sneyd, who has been a key figure for them this season, but Hull have paid Salford a “substantial” transfer fee to sign the 22-year-old on a long-term contract.
Powell said Sneyd will remain a member of his squad for the rest of the year and Tigers will step up efforts to bring in a replacement play-maker.
“It is what it is,” Powell said of Sneyd’s future move to Hull. “Obviously a price was put on his head and we didn’t see the valuation at that.
“Marc has got an opportunity to go somewhere else next season and it happens in rugby league. It’s not a massive deal.
“We’re disappointed we couldn’t come to an agreement (with Salford), but that’s life and we won’t worry too much.
“Marc is a Cas player for the rest of the season and Salford get some bucks.”
The Tigers boss said Salford’s valuation of Sneyd was far more than Cas were willing to play.
“Marc’s a developing player with the potential to be a real outstanding player, but there’s a lot of work that needs to be done,” he added.
“He’s aware of that. We’re disappointed, but we’ll move on. There’s always conjecture about players at this time of year and it’s a little different with him being on loan, but it’s similar to a situation where you’ve got a player playing that won’t be here next year.
“We’ll put it to bed now, he plays the rest of the season and we move on.”
Powell reckons Sneyd will be “relieved” to have his future resolved. The player recently had a transfer request turned down and was reluctant to return to Salford next term.
Said Powell: “The difficulty was he obviously made the decision he didn’t want to go back to Salford and we couldn’t come to an agreement with them for him. I think he’ll be okay, he’ll be fine.
“This is a different place to Hull. There’s expectation here, but it’s a pressure cooker for half-backs there and it’s been proven in that, but the fact he is relaxed probably helps him a fair bit.”
Tigers are understood to have signed former Leeds Rhinos academy and London Broncos scrum-half Luke Gale for next year and could also look at Melbourne Storm’s Ben Roberts. Powell said: “It is important we recruit a half-back of the right quality. Hopefully we’re well down track with that, but there’s nothing to announce yet.”