Wildcats swoop for Owen


15th May 2014

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have boosted their squad with the signing of Richard Owen from Castleford Tigers.

The 24-year-old, who is predominantly used on the wing but can also play at full-back, has been with the Tigers since turning professional in 2007, but first-team opportunities this term have been hard to come by.

He has featured in just five of Castleford's 14 games this season, with coach Daryl Powell preferring to use Kirk Dixon and Justin Carney as outside backs, so will move to local rivals Wakefield for the remainder of the campaign.

"I did eight years at Castleford and it's a new start and a new challenge. I think it's what I needed and it'll do me the world of good," Owen said.

"It's a growing club here. They haven't had the best of starts and are just starting to hit some form. It's something I want to be part of."

Owen, who scored 56 tries in 111 Super League appearances during his time at Castleford, could now face his former employers on Sunday at the Magic Weekend event in Manchester.

Wildcats chairman, Michael Carter said: "We're really pleased to welcome Richard to the club and I'd like to go on record to thank (chief executive) Steve Gill and Castleford Tigers for their part in helping make this deal a smooth one."