Ellis wants to join Castleford Tigers

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CASTLEFORD Tigers have been put on alert after England forward Gareth Ellis (pictured) expressed a desire to finish his career with the Tigers.

The 30-year-old former Wakefield and Leeds second-rower is in his third season with NRL club Wests Tigers and remains contracted to the Sydney club to the end of 2013.

But he told the Australian Rugby League Week magazine he would love to return to Super League one day and play for his home-town team.

“I’d love to go back to Castleford,” Ellis said. “It’s the team I grew up watching home and away. It’d be like my career played out perfectly.

“They’re going pretty good. They’re showing signs of improvement and they’ll have a new stadium in a year or two. It would be good.”

Meanwhile, Ellis has called for an English team to play in the NRL, although he admits it is unlikely to ever happen.

“Ideally, it would be great to see an England team in the NRL, where all the best players were playing for that team,” he said.

“It probably will never work but it would be a fantastic franchise. That would be the ideal.

“With our game unable, at the moment, to challenge rugby union and soccer as a world game, it’d be worthwhile and it would be beneficial to England.”