Andy throws his hat in for Tigers job

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CASTLEFORD’S assistant coach Andy Hay (pictured) has thrown his hat into the ring to succeed Terry Matterson as head coach.

Hay - the former Castleford and Leeds second rower - is in the mix to take charge of the Tigers at the end of the season when Matterson leaves his position after six years at the helm.

Hay said: “The job is open and I’ve been to see Richard Wright (chief executive) to put my CV in.

“That’s as far as it goes at the moment but they will be going through the process and I want my name in there.

“This is my fourth year as assistant with Terry and before that I was coaching in the academy.”

Australian Matterson joined the Tigers in 2005 for the 2006 campaign and has overseen an upturn in fortunes, taking the team from relegation candidates to their current place in the play-off places.

Hay was left delighted with the character that his side showed to overcome the Bradford Bulls 34-30 last Sunday, with Danny Orr orchestrating the fightback.

He added: “From our point of view it was a great win, especially after the week we’ve had and playing in midweek at Wigan.

“Coming from behind like we did was a great credit to the guys and it’s something we need to continue next week.”