Only days after it was revealed that England’s Under 18’s Academy Captain, Castleford Stand off Callum Mclelland as signed with the Scottish RFU the supporters have been rocked with the news that England U19 back rower Luis Johnson has moved to Warrington for a fee believed to be around £45,000.
News of Mclelland’s departure came when the youngster explained his decision to change sports, blaming Leagues inability to nature young talent, whilst also giving them the opportunities to travel and play international rugby league unless they make the ‘big time’. He explained how he will be part of their new SQ programme, where he will be hand a full-time contract training with Edinburgh Blues along with being fast tracked into the Scotland U20’s set up, with hopes of making the U20’s World cup squad next year.
While 19 year old Johnson has decided to stay in Rugby League, he feels his chances of playing first team would be greater elsewhere, signing a four year deal at the wolves, who’s new head coach Steve Price stated his” powerful attacking skills, along with his strong, aggressive defence,” as the reasons for Warrington bring him across the Pennines.
Some good news for the Castleford fans is that young Half Back Jake Trueman has penned a 3 year deal at the club. The youngster took Super League by surprise last season when the 18 year old scored a Hat trick on his 1st team debut against Wigan Warriors last September.
Trueman had only joined the tigers last January after his contract with the Bradford Bulls was terminated after the club went into liquidation, but he has taken the opportunity with both hands starring in Castleford’s Academy before being selected for England and his first team debut.
Castleford Head coach told the BBC that “I'm really happy that Jake has decided to extend his stay with us.
“He's shown he has a lot of potential. I think he is the most promising half-back in the English game.”