McNally quits Rovers to rejoin old club Castleford

FEATHERSTONE Rovers have released utility back Andy McNally (pictured) from his contract by mutual agreement.

McNally has rejoined Castleford Tigers to play for their under 21 Academy team.

McNally ended an injury nightmare spanning almost two years after joining Rovers during the close-season.

The 21-year-old's appearance for Featherstone in their opening Arriva Trains Cup game against Sheffield Eagles in January was his first competitive match since 2001 when a recurrence of a serious knee injury while playing for Castleford Tigers threatened to wreck his career.

McNally retained his place in Featherstone's starting line-up for their next two matches against Villeneuve and Hull KR but then lost the stand-off spot when player-coach Richard Agar returned from injury.

Since then, McNally has made five substitute appearances before recently been sidelined with a broken nose.

McNally had a clause in his Rovers contract that would allow him to depart should a Super League club ask for his services. He has now opted to rejoin Castleford.

Featherstone Chief Executive Allan Agar said: "It is our club policy not to stand in a player's way if they wish to leave. Andy expressed a desire to play regularly as he felt he was not getting enough football in the Rovers first team.

"Castleford offered him that opportunity albeit at the under 21 level. We are disappointed to lose him but wish him every success in developing his career.

"We do believe it's a backward step for a player to go from first team at our level to an under 21 regime but that was Andy's choice. I've coached him from junior level and, after having a full season out through injury and a time on the sidelines this year with a broken nose; I wish he had stayed longer here to establish his worth as a first team player.

"His departure though opens the door for one of our younger players to come through and establish a case for a first team shirt. Richard Whiting has featured already this season and will be pressing his claim I'm sure.

"We are always on the lookout for players of quality to join the club from elsewhere, but will not be rushing to replace Andy as a squad member."