Webster Set To Depart The Tigers

Posted: Tuesday 21st August 2018 - 4:29 PM

The 34-year old will extend his career with the current Betfred League 1 side, after six seasons with the Tigers, signing a two year deal.

Webster joined Castleford in 2013, from Hull KR, and after a tough start due to injury the former New Zealand international has gone on to make 120 Appearances in the Black and Amber. In the last three seasons alone, Webster has played in 73 games scoring 34 times in the process including 4 against Wakefield Trinity on the night the Tigers clinched the 2017 League Leaders’ Shield.

Before joining the Tigers, Webster had spent five seasons with Hull KR from 2008 following his move over from Australia making 105 appearances for the Robins.

Webster made his professional debut back in 2002 for NRL side Melbourne Storm.  His impressive performances for the Australian side caught the eye of the New Zealand Selectors. Webster made his international debut in the 2005 Tri-Nations tournament where he scored 5 tries and helped his country to a historic 24-0 win over Australia in the final. He went on to play for New Zealand 10 times in his career, his last appearance coming in the 2007 ANZAC test.

Webster would like to thank everyone who has supported him throughout his time at Castleford Tigers: "I have a very heavy heart leaving Castleford. The biggest memory from my time here at Castleford will be the fans in the stands. They've been fantastic, and they follow us everywhere we go. That's why I spend so much time after the game with them, ultimately, we're out here playing for them. Winning the League Leaders' Shield will always stick out at the pinnacle of my time here at Castleford. I'd like to thank all the fans and all of the staff and coaches here at Castleford for their support over the years."

Tigers Coach, Daryl Powell heaped praise on Webster’s time with the Tigers: "Jake has been a big player in the development of Castleford Tigers. He has been here since before I took over as head coach and he has been a pleasure to work with. I would like to place on record the appreciation of all the coaching staff here of Jake's contribution and wish him all the best in the next stage of his career. We now need to kick on and give him the best leaving present possible which is obviously a Grand Final ring.

Jon Wells, Castleford's Director of Rugby, is hoping that the Tigers side sends Webster off with a Grand Final success: “The Castleford Tigers will say goodbye to Jake Webster at the end of the 2018 season – and he will leave us having made a significant contribution to this team and its progress over the last six seasons. On the field Jake is a tough and uncompromising competitor; off it an example to the younger generation of what is expected to succeed at the highest level."

Wells added: "This was an incredibly tough decision for all involved as he is one of our senior players – having played 120 times for the Tigers and who is approaching 300 career games – and we would like to place on record that Jake has conducted himself with nothing but professionalism and grace throughout. We thank Jake and his family for their commitment and integrity and we wish them all the very best in the next chapter of Jake’s career. In the meantime, there is an exciting culmination to the 2018 season that awaits this Tigers squad and we know Jake will put his best foot forward in helping us achieve our goal in October.”

*Photo Courtesy of SwPix

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