Owen issues apology after being disciplined

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CASTLEFORD Tigers full-back Richard Owen has apologised for his actions after being sanctioned for a breach of club discipline.

Tigers summoned the 21-year-old (pictured) to an internal hearing following a complaint by new coach Ian Millward.

The club say they have agreed appropriate sanctions which will remain confidential.

A club statement issued on Wednesday evening said: “Castleford Tigers can confirm that the club disciplinary panel today considered a complaint by head coach Ian Millward regarding a contravention of the club’s code of conduct by first-team player Richard Owen.

“The player acknowledged that a serious breach of the code had occurred and the panel agreed appropriate sanctions which for reasons of confidentiality will not be revealed.

“The club consider this matter closed and Owen will continue with his playing duties.”

After the hearing Owen said: “My punishment is deserved. I have learned my lessons and will make sure this never happens again.

“I’m even more focused now on restoring the faith that Basil (Millward), my team-mates, the club and fans have in me and will do all I can to make a big impact on the pitch for the club next season.”

Castleford say they are also aware of a recent incident involving the same player that is the subject of a police investigation.

A Castleford spokesman said: “This matter will be considered by the club, if required, when the appropriate authorities have determined this issue.”