Castleford Tigers have confirmed that the long rumoured Daryl Clark transfer to Warrington Wolves is correct.
The talented young hooker tipped by many as a Man of Steel contender will leave the club at the end of the 2014 Super League Season to join Warrington Wolves on a four-year deal.
Clark, 21, came through the scholarship and academy ranks at his hometown club and made his first-team debut in 2010 before becoming a key member of the current team, scoring a try in the Wembley defeat by Leeds Rhinos in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup final.
Tigers chief executive Steve Gill said the club would like to have kept Clark, but the deal with Warrington was actually made last year when Cas were struggling financially.
He said: “It is with a heavy heart that Castleford Tigers can confirm the sale of Daryl Clark to Warrington Wolves at the end of this season.
“The sale was agreed back in 2013 when the club had a real threat of going into administration and this decision was made to ensure we had financial stability at the club.
“We negotiated Daryl’s services for this season as part of that sale and he has been an integral part of our success this season. The club would like to place on record our thanks to Daryl for his professional attitude and commitment this year and we wish him all the best for the future.”
Head coach Daryl Powell said: “When I took on the head coach job last season the deal had already been done for Daryl to move to Warrington which secured the future of the club at that time.
“Whilst we obviously don’t want to lose our best players this deal was in the best interests of the club.
“I have to say that Daryl has been an absolute pleasure to work with and it has been great to see him mature as a player and person this season. I know he will be working exceptionally hard to finish his time at the club with a Grand Final appearance.”
Airedale lad Clark said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time here at Castleford Tigers. This is my hometown club and I will always be a Cas fan.
“My proudest moment has been helping this team reach the Challenge Cup Final and I’ll continue to give my all to help Castleford Tigers reach the Super League Grand Final.”