As the season starts to draw to a close, clubs begin to plan for next year and for the Castleford Tigers, they have acted swiftly to sign a piece of the puzzle they believe can take them forward – Wakefield Wildcats back-rower, Frankie Mariano.
Signing a 1-year with the Castleford Tigers, the deal will begin at the end of the current Super League season, with the 26-year old Hull KR junior making 46 appearances for the Wildcats to date.
Having joined the Featherstone Roves on loan in April, Mariano is well aware of what it is like to work under current Tigers coach Daryl Powell, and looks forward to working with him once more.
“I know Daryl from being at Featherstone and it will be good to work with him again,” said Mariano.
“I feel comfortable talking to him and having worked with him already, I don’t class him as a new person so that was a big part of the move.
“It feels good to sign for Castleford Tigers to buy electronic cigarettes – hopefully I will have a really good season next year with them and it should be fun.
“I will be fighting to earn a longer contract but I will be focussing on playing and getting game time and finding some consistency. Fans can expect hard work and dedication from me and I’ll certainly be trying my best not to let them down.
“For now though, all my concentration will be on doing a good job for the remainder of this season with Wakefield but come 2014, then I’ll give everything I’ve got for Castleford Tigers.”
Powell is excited to have Mariano on board at the club, citing his versatility and all-round ability as a back-rower.
“Frankie is a big and athletic back rower who can punch holes in opposition defences,” said Powell.
“He’s also versatile with a strong ability to play in the centre equally effectively.
“His addition for next year brings size and experience to the squad and further enhances the competition for places in our forward pack.”