HALF-BACK CORY Aston has left Leeds Rhinos.
The 22-year-old joined Rhinos from Sheffield Eagles at the end of the 2016 season, but has been released midway through a two-year contract.
The Yorkshire Evening Post understands Aston, who did not make a senior appearance for Leeds, is set to join Castleford Tigers.
He is then likely to be loaned to Eagles for their 2018 Championship campaign.
Aston – son of Sheffield and Ireland coach Mark Aston, who played alongside Tigers boss Daryl Powell in the 1980s and 90s – spent most of last season on loan in the second tier.
He had a stint with Featherstone Rovers, playing his final game for them against Leeds in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup, before moving to Bradford Bulls.
Meanwhile, Tigers are being linked strongly with their former player James Clare.
The 26-year-old winger, who was also wanted by League One side York City Knights, scored 21 tries in 33 Super League appearances for his hometown club from 2012-2015 before joining Bradford Bulls.
He signed for Leigh Centurions a year ago, but missed most of last season after suffering an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury in a warm-up match against Dewsbury Rams.
He returned to action in September, scoring six tries in five appearances in the Qualifiers, but is set to leave after Leigh were relegated.