Ellis reveals Cas desire
Australian-based Englishman has plans to return home eventually
Last Updated: May 11, 2011 9:12am
Ellis: travelled home and away to watch Castleford as a boy
England forward Gareth Ellis has expressed a desire to finish his career with his home-town Castleford Tigers.
The 30-year-old former Wakefield and Leeds second rower is in his third season with Sydney club Wests Tigers and remains contracted to the NRL outfit to the end of 2013.
But he told the Australian Rugby League Week magazine he would love to return to Super League one day and play for his local team.
"I'd love to go back to Castleford. It's the team I grew up watching home and away. It'd be like my career played out perfectly."
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"I'd love to go back to Castleford," Ellis said. "It's the team I grew up watching home and away. It'd be like my career played out perfectly.
"They're going pretty good. They're showing signs of improvement and they'll have a new stadium in a year or two. It would be good."
Meanwhile, Ellis has called for an English team to play in the NRL, although he admits it is unlikely to ever happen.
"Ideally, it would be great to see an England team in the NRL, where all the best players were playing for that team," he said.
"It probably will never work but it would be a fantastic franchise. That would be the ideal.
"With our game unable, at the moment, to challenge rugby union and soccer as a world game, it'd be worthwhile and it would be beneficial to England."