Castleford Tigers have acted quickly to fill the gap left by the recent injury to Luke Gale, with the addition of Huddersfield’s utility and former Australian School boy international Jordan Rankin. In return Castleford’s Scottish international Joe Wardle (pictured) will move in the opposite direction in what the super league rivals initially agreed as a loan swap deal, although it is believed both clubs are happy to make the deal permanent.
Rankin has struggled to hold down a starting spot at the Giants since his arrival from Hull FC two seasons ago and would fill the whole left by the loss of England International Luke Gale, who has undergone surgery for a ruptured Achilles this week, an injury that will see him miss the majority if not all of 2019 season.
Speaking about his arrival at the Mend a hose stadium, Tigers director of rugby Jon Wells said;
“Jordan is a player that I have admired for a few years now and we'd be delighted to welcome him to the Tigers.”
Going in the opposite direction Joe Wardle returns to the side he made his name with scoring 62 tries during a five year stint with the Giants, before he decided to try out the NRL with a move to Newcastle Knights in 2016. The Scottish International who can play either centre or back row had struggled to find his place in the Tigers side since making the journey home but will be hoping his working with current Giants head coach Simon Woolford from his time in Australia will help him fit back into the side with only three weeks before the season starts.
Speaking about Wardle’s return Huddersfield Giants chief Executive Richard Thewlis commented;
“The move came about very quickly within the last 24 hours and we'll be delighted to bring Joe back.”