Castleford turn down offer from former boss

Stuart Raper.
Stuart Raper.

Castleford Tigers have decided against taking up the offer of former head coach Stuart Raper to help out for the rest of the season.

Australian Raper indicated he would be prepared to fly over to help Danny Orr in running the team until the end of the 2013 season, but after considering the offer the Tigers board have decided to press ahead with plans to appoint a permanent head coach.

Chief executive Steve Gill said: “We’re progressing with our search for a new head coach. We have had a total of 10 applicants to date and we are busy assessing and meeting with them.

“We thought long and hard about Stuart Raper’s offer to work with Danny Orr until the end of the season, however we have decided not to go down that route.

“I think that the financial outlay that would have been required to bring Stuart over could be used more wisely on a long-term appointment.

“We are still actively looking for a permanent head coach and will make a further announcement in due course.”

Temporary head coach Danny Orr is likely to remain in charge for Castleford’s away game at Salford City Reds on Saturday (kick-off 6.45pm) with Rangi Chase set to wear the number six shirt once again despite the ongoing speculation about his return to Australia.

“Rangi Chase will be in the squad” said Orr. “He’s a Castleford player contracted to us and until I hear any-thing different he will definitely be in the team.”