Butterworth joins Castleford in loan swap deal with Green

Castleford Tigers have confirmed the loan signing of Reiss Butterworth from Bradford Bulls with forward James Green going the other way.

Butterworth joins on a deal until the end of the 2018 season while Green has joined Bradford on an initial loan deal with a view to a permanent move for 2018.

Reiss Butterworth, who has signed for Castleford Tigers from Bradford Bulls. Picture: Tom Pearson

Reiss Butterworth, who has signed for Castleford Tigers from Bradford Bulls. Picture: Tom Pearson

Promising 19-year-old Butterworth made his Bulls first team debut in 2017 against Halifax at half-back. The natural hooker graduated from the Bulls Academy after previously spending some time in the Tigers Scholarship programme.

This season, Butterworth has spent time with the Bulls but also on loan with Batley Bulldogs in the Championship, adding to his first team experiences.

The hooker will link up with the Tigers first team later this week, but Butterworth will also be available to play with Castleford’s under 19s side.

Tigers director of rugby Jon Wells said: “I am delighted to be able to say that Reiss is joining the Tigers.

“Reiss is a young man who we have been looking at for a while now – he is a very talented, ‘eyes up’ hooker who has the potential to become a member of our first team squad in the near future.

“Reiss joins us initially until the end of the 2018 season and he understands that this is an opportunity for him to earn a contract with the Castleford Tigers. It’s a challenge I know he is very much looking forward to.”

Wells added: “I would like to thank John Kear and Andrew Chalmers at the Bradford Bulls for the way they have dealt with this deal and I know they are very happy with both the opportunity that Reiss now has, as well as the player they have gained in return.

“It’s never nice to see a player depart but everyone at Castleford Tigers wishes James Green all the best for the next chapter in his career.

“James found his first team opportunities limited this season – although this is very much to do with the strength in depth of our squad and the progression of other squad members.

“He has conducted himself with professionalism and integrity and we very much hope that he can go on to become a regular first team player with the Bulls in what will be an exciting end to 2018 and beyond for both the club and Greeny.”