Young Castleford player heading for Halifax

Ben Johnston in action for Castleford Tigers. Picture: MATTHEW MERRICK

Ben Johnston in action for Castleford Tigers. Picture: MATTHEW MERRICK

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YOUNG Castleford Tigers half-back Ben Johnston is set to move to Halifax.

Tigers confirmed that terms have been agreed for the transfer of Johnston with the 21-year-old granted permission to speak to the Championship club ahead of a proposed move to the Shay Stadium.

Johnston still has a year remaining on his Tigers deal, but would face stiff competition for a first team place with Cas next year after the signing of Brett Seymour, Marc Sneyd and Luke Dorn and his move is expected to be completed once he returns from his holiday.

Tigers head Coach Daryl Powell said: “We feel that this is a good opportunity for Ben to advance his rugby career having found it tough to break through at Castleford.

“Halifax are a top Championship club who will give Ben the chance to cement himself as a senior player in the division. Everyone at Castleford Tigers wish him all the best for the future.”

Johnston made his Super League debut for Castleford at the end of the 2012 season but could not force his way into plans this year.

A loan spell at Championship side Dewsbury Rams earlier in the season was cut short before Johnston moved on-loan to York City Knights in May where he spent the remainder the 2013 campaign.

Former Tigers junior Ryan Brierley, now with Leigh, has been named Championship young player of the year.