Castleford Tigers sign winger Monaghan

New Castleford Tigers signing Joel Monaghan with chairman Ian Fulton at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
New Castleford Tigers signing Joel Monaghan with chairman Ian Fulton at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

Castleford Tigers have confirmed that they have signed Australian winger Joel Monaghan.

Monaghan was released by Warrington Wolves at the end of last season and was linked with a number of teams before settling with the Tigers.

He has put pen to paper on a two-year deal and will join up with the rest of his new team-mates when they report back for pre-season training early next month.

Monaghan is a prolific try scorer, having bagged 114 tries in 118 Super League appearances for the Wolves, including 17 in 2015.

The former Australian international and New South Wales State of Origin star played nine years in the NRL before moving to England with two spells at Canberra Raiders and two years with Sydney Roosters.

He is now excited over the prospect of joining Cas.

He said: “I’m really excited. This is a team that are challenging for trophies and top fours.

Cas are a very good coached side and they are a very good bunch of blokes. I know a couple of the guys but I’m looking forward to pre-season and getting to know the rest of them.

“I’m looking forward to being on the other side of the fans, it’s a great place down here at the Jungle and a very hard place for teams to come and get a win.

“When I told my dad I’d signed here he was happy because whenever he comes over the Jungle is always his favourite ground to come to.”

Tigers coach Daryl Powell is happy to have a proven player like Monaghan on board for 2016.

He said: “Joel Monaghan is a high quality and experienced winger to add to our back line.

He is a proven try scorer with good leadership skills and I expect him to help drive our standards in 2016.”

Tigers chief executive Steve Gill added: ”Joel’s credentials speak for themselves, NSW State of Origin and the Green and Gold shirt of Australia are not easily come by and even his time in the UK he has been a prolific try scorer.

“He will be good for us both on and off the field and we look forward to him establishing himself within the squad and within the town.”