CASTLEFORD Tigers are set to unveil their new 2013 home shirt and announce a new main shirt sponsor at a launch event next week.
The new shirt and other ISC merchandise will be showcased by first team players and cheerleaders the Claws in the marquee at the Probiz Coliseum.on Sunday, November 25.
With demand expected to be high fans will need to pre-register to secure their place at the event with details on how to book provided shortly with priority invitations issued to members first.
The Tigers have announced that local businesses AJ Glassfibre and Mend-A-Hose will join GMB Union as shirt sponsors for the 2013 season.
Campaigning trade union GMB Union has been protecting its more than 617,000 members for over 12 decades and will see its logo feature on the Tigers shirt for the tenth consecutive season.
Castleford-based custom-moulders, AJ Glassfibre and Mend-A-Hose Hydraulics also continue their support of the 2013 kit for the fifth and eighth season respectively.
Tigers commercial manager Nick Fozzard said: “We are delighted that these businesses are supporting us for yet another season.
“We really appreciate the loyalty they have shown us over the years, with special mention to the GMB Union who will have been our shirt sponsor for a decade next season.”
Castleford’s first team squad, with the exception of Rangi Chase, who has been on England duty, are all back at the club for pre-season training and are being put through their paces in tough sessions orchestrated by head coach Ian Millward and his team, which now includes newly recruited strength coach Ben Cooper.
New boy Weller Hauraki was given extra time off after being part of Leeds Rhinos’ Grand Final squad, but has now met up with his new team-mates, while Chase will resume full training with the Tigers next week.
Several players are in rehab, still recovering from injuries picked up last season, but Millward hopes to have all his first team squad fit and available for the pre-season matches in January.
The Tigers, meanwhile, have been moved to reassure fans who contributed to the ‘Buy a Brick’ scheme that supported development of the proposed new ground in Glasshoughton.
Although admitting that the testing economic climate was preventing the club from making progress with the new stadium, Castleford chief executive Steve Ferres is keen to tell fans that their donations are protected.
He said: “I would like to assure any fans who have invested in the ‘Buy a Brick’ scheme that all monies donated so far have been moved to a separate account and will be used as originally outlined.
“Should the new ground not be built, the donated money and engraved bricks will be incorporated in to the re-development of Wheldon Road and thus still offer the lasting legacy it was intended for.
“We are dedicated to delivering a new or redeveloped stadium that provides us with a versatile space that can generate additional revenue and enable the club to thrive. The support received so far and any future support we get for this scheme is not to be underestimated as we strive to realise our ambitions for a stadium the club and fans can be proud of.”