Tigers bring in Aspinwall
Walker to remain at the Jungle after signing two-year extension
Last Updated: November 11, 2010 10:39am
Aspinwall: at home in the pack
Castleford have signed Martin Aspinwall, who was released by Huddersfield at the end of the season, on a 12-month deal.
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"It is important that we tighten up our defence next year and, although Martin is a strong ball runner, one of his major strengths is that he is a very good defender"
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Although he has spent much of his career playing on the wing, Aspinwall - who started out at Wigan - finished the last campaign in the second row.
The 29-year-old's arrival at the Jungle will help fill the void left by the departure of Joe Westerman to Hull.
"While he can play in the outside backs, we have signed him as a back row forward," said Castleford coach Terry Matterson.
"It is important that we tighten up our defence next year and, although Martin is a strong ball runner, one of his major strengths is that he is a very good defender.
"He was unlucky to get an injury mid-season and comes to us with a wealth of Super League experience.
"He is another recruit that I feel will lift us into the play-offs next season."
Aspinwall becomes the Tigers' sixth new signing, with Richard Mathers, Danny Orr and Nick Youngquest boosting the backs and forward duo Nick Fozzard and Jacob Emmitt arriving from St Helens.
"I'm happy to join the Tigers. They are what I call a proper rugby league club with great tradition and I'm really looking forward to getting started," Aspinwall said.
"There are some very skilful players at the club who can score a lot of points and I think there is a lot of potential here.
"I've only signed a one-year deal and I'm going to do all I can to get an extended contract with the club."
Meanwhile, Castleford have beaten off competition from a number of their engage Super League rivals to keep hold of the highly-rated Jonny Walker.
The 19-year-old prop, who made seven substitute appearances in 2010, has signed a two-year contract extension.
"Jonny's signing is a huge coup for the club," Matterson said. "He was very heavily sought after and to have finally tied him up for at least the next two years is a massive boost for the Castleford Tigers.
"He has all the attributes to play at the highest level and I look forward to helping him achieve this."
Walker added: "The interest from others clubs was very flattering but I know this is a place where I can develop to my full potential.
"Playing for this club is where my heart is and it is where I feel I can also meet my ambitions of playing for England."