Castleford and Cutsyke announce dual-reg partnership
Posted: Tuesday 12th March 2019 - 10:31 AM
This season we have established a working partnership with Cutsyke Raiders, a club with a strong history of girls rugby.
Cutsyke have established a new women's team and will be entering into League One in 2019. This partnership will allow Castleford to maintain a large squad and give a lot more playing time to some of the youngsters.
Head coach Lindsay Anfield said: "We are extremely pleased to have formally agreed this partnership between Castleford Tigers Women and Cutsyke. A large squad is needed to be competitive in the Women's Super League however, this also means that some girls don't get a lot of time on the field.
"The ability for us to dual-reg some players to a League One side will strengthen our base and give much-needed game time for those returning from injury, needing match fitness or more experience in the women's game."
The partnership was put into practice last month with a number of Castleford's players taking part in Cutsyke's pre-season friendly against York City Knights. One of those returning was Kirsty Higo. The 'Strongest Woman in Super League' suffered an ankle injury on the eve of the Challenge Cup Final last summer. In her first outing since suffering that injury, Higo was joined by team mates Esme Reynolds, Olivia Addis and Annabelle Morley.
Anfield believes this partnership will have benefits for both clubs saying: "This will work in both directions so if any Cutsyke players are performing particularly well, they will have the opportunity to step up into the Super League. As coaches we will work together and ensure good practice runs throughout the two clubs."
Cutsyke's Paul Watson believes that the agreement between both clubs builds a clear pathway for players. He said: "I feel that this structured partnership between the two clubs will be mutually beneficial.
"In our first year stepping up into League One, we will benefit from the support of the Tigers and hopefully we can support them by being a competitive club ourselves; we want to be a key feeder of a Women's Super League team.
"We will now have the complete pathway for females from under 12s all the way up to the heights of the Women's Super League. We hope to see some representative honors coming from Castleford in the near future."
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