Controlling the Tigers

Ferres wants to build on Wright's sterling work at Cas

Last Updated: 12/07/12 11:59am

Ferres: Optimistic about the future

New Castleford chief-executive Steve Ferres told Boots 'n' All that his primary goal is to maintain the club's Super League status.

"The stadium project is crucial and I'm looking at all the options that are available and how we drive that forward."

Steve Ferres

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Lifelong Tigers fan Ferres, who succeeds Richard Wright as CEO of the Yorkshire club, says he is focussed on ensuring Cas' move to a new stadium goes smoothly before the next round of top-flight licence applications are submitted in 2014.

"Top of the agenda has to be to retain the Super League licence, which is a priority for any club as there are aspiring clubs that want Super League football," said Ferres, who has previously served as chief executive at Wakefield and York City Knights.

"The stadium project is crucial in all this and I'm looking at all the options that are available and how we drive that forward.

"I'm looking forward to picking up on the good work that's been done over the last few years by Richard Wright and other good people.

"I'm hoping we can get to a stage where in 2014 we are in a position to retain our licence by hitting the stadium criteria.

"Each club that goes through this process will have their different problems and I'm looking forward to delving in and seeing where we're at.

"My dream was to play for Castleford and this is the nearest thing I can get to it, even though I've had to wait 41 years. I'm delighted to be involved with Castleford and the history that goes with it."

Professional

Ferres also confirmed to Boots that Rangi Case, suspended by the club last month for a breach of discipline, has now returned to the first-team fold.

And he also hopes that Cas' 52-6 thrashing of Huddersfield at the weekend can inspire the side, who currently sit 12th in the Super League table, to a prosperous end to the season.

"It has been dealt with by an internal disciplinary board and Rangi will be back training with us," said Ferres. "We're looking forward to having him back

"The board been very professional in the way they've conducted the investigation, but it will be kept in-house between ourselves and Rangi; he's happy and it's time to move on."

Ferres added: "Huddersfield are going through a sticky patch but they are still a great side, and on the back of a great kicking game we came up with an enthusiastic chase.

"The players really enjoyed themselves and that will give them a big lift for the rest of the season. There is a buzz about the players now."