Long-serving Hay to leave Tigers

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ASSISTANT coach Andy Hay has confirmed that he is set to follow Terry Matterson in leaving Castleford Tigers.

The former Great Britain international (pictured) has been Matterson’s number two for the past four years, but is now looking for an opportunity elsewhere as a head coach or an assistant.

A former Castleford junior and first team player, Hay joined the Tigers coaching staff in 2006 initially as under 18s coach before taking on the first team assistant role a year later.

Hay said: “With Terry’s departure there is going to be a change and I’m looking to further my options in coaching.

“I’d like to thank Terry for everything he has done for me and the club. We have had some really good times.”

“We’ve had some tough times as well, but I think we have taken the club to a pretty good standard on limited resources and not a lot of things to work with at times.

“We’ve got in the play-offs once and been knocking on the door twice. We got to the semi-final of the Challenge Cup and that was a big highlight, but losing to Leeds the way we did was pretty devastating and I think it had a big impact on rest of our season.”

Matterson is returning to his native Australia to take up the position of assistant coach at North Queensland Cowboys.

Hay said he had applied for the top job at Castleford, but lost out to Australian Ian Millward.

“I put my name in for the Cas job, but I felt I had to ambition-wise,” said Hay.

“If I hadn’t, it would have seemed like I was happy to be an assistant coach for the rest of my life, which isn’t the case.

“But I do want to learn off some more people. I have had a great experience with Terry, but there is still a lot more to learn.”

Richard Wright, Tigers chief executive said: “I’d like to put on record my thanks to Andy for the hard work, along with Terry, that he has given the club over the years.

“He’s done a very professional job and leaves with our best wishes.”