Wakefield Wildcats swoop for Castleford Tigers star Tansey

Jordan Tansey has joined Wakefield.
Jordan Tansey has joined Wakefield.

Wakefield’s bid to avoid relegation to the Championship was given another boost today when they signed utility back Jordan Tansey from neighbours Castleford Tigers.

The signing of Tansey, which follows the recent appointment of Brian Smith as head coach and the arrival this week of New Zealand Test full-back Kevin Locke and Samoan international forward Michael Sio, is a further sign of Wakefield’s determination to retain their Super League status.

Former Leeds Rhinos, Sydney Roosters, Crusaders, Hull and York player Tansey has joined the Wildcats on a contract until the end of the season.

He could make his debut for Super League’s bottom team Wakefield in next Wednesday’s home game against Hull, alongside Sio and Locke.

Wakefield and Hull lock horns in back-to-back fixtures. They meet again at the KC Stadium on Sunday, July 5.

Wildcats chairman Michael Carter said: “I am delighted to welcome Jordan Tansey to the club.

“Jordan will provide a genuine competition across all of our back-players.

“I would also like to thank Castleford Tigers and [chief executive] Steve Gill for their corporation in making this move possible.

“Relations between the two rival clubs off the field have never been better.”

Tansey, who joined Tigers in 2013, has been a regular in their side this year, but recently lost his spot at full-back to Ben Roberts.

Locke will be Wildcats’ first-choice full-back, but Tansey can play anywhere in the backs and at hooker.