Oliver Holmes and Peter Mata’utia to leave Castleford Tigers at end of season | Rugby League News

Oliver Holmes has made over 200 appearances for the Tigers since his debut in 2010; the 28-year-old said: “My whole life has been based around Cas so to say the club means a lot to me is an understatement”

Last updated: 06/10/21 08:29 AM

Oliver Holmes set to follow Tigers coach Daryl Powell to Warrington in 2022

Oliver Holmes set to follow Tigers coach Daryl Powell to Warrington in 2022

Longtime Castleford forward Oliver Holmes has confirmed he will leave his home club at the end of the season.

The 28-year-old rower, who has made more than 200 appearances for the Tigers since his debut in 2010, has rejected the offer of a new contract and is expected to follow coach Daryl Powell to Warrington for 2022.

Castleford has announced that center Peter Mata’utia will also be leaving the club at the end of the year after declining a new offer.

Holmes, who hopes to bow out with a Challenge Cup winner’s medal, said: “Castleford Tigers has been my entire adult life. It’s all I’ve known since leaving the school and that I went through the academy.

“My whole life has been based on Cas so to say the club means a lot to me is an understatement.

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“I spent 11 years in the first team, putting my heart and soul into the club every time I go on the pitch.

“I’m fully committed for the rest of this year and want to leave the club with him in a better place than when I walked in and hopefully with silverware.”

Powell said: “I don’t think you will see anyone who loves Castleford Tigers more than Oliver Holmes.

“He was in tears talking about what it would mean for him to do something special with this year and it was exactly the same when he was on the pitch after the semi-final.

“He’s a 100% man and has been classy for Castleford during his time. You will always get 100% of him no matter what.”

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