After losing Luke Gale to Leeds, Castleford have tied one of their key play-makers to a permanent deal that will keep them at the club next season.

Jordan Rankin spent the 2019 campaign with the Tigers on loan terms from Huddersfield, and features at half-back before transitioning to full-back during the latter stages of the campaign.

He will now remain with the Tigers full-time, while Joe Wardle becomes a Huddersfield player as part of the deal.

Rankin said: “I am over the moon to be honest; it’s been something that’s been in the works for quite some time now but obviously with the way things were for Huddersfield near the end of the season it couldn’t be sorted until after the season was finished.

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“I’ve really enjoyed my time this year and I’m looking to give myself a full pre-season with the coaching staff and the boys, pushing on again for a big year.

“I can’t tell you the last time I’ve been as happy playing for a team as I am now playing for Cas.

“I look forward to training every day, talking to the coaching staff and the boys, getting the best out of myself and I believe if anyone can get the best out of me it’s Daryl, Shez (Ryan Sheridan) and Dan (Danny Orr) in 2020, and I’m really looking forward to what’s to come.”

Coach Daryl Powell added: “Jordan has been outstanding for us this season and we are delighted to have him on board moving forward.

“He has been a quality player for us, particularly when he moved to full back, so I am absolutely delighted he will be with us next year and I am confident he will reach further heights as a player at the Tigers.”

Director of Rugby Jon Wells said: “We are all really pleased that Jordan will continue with us for the 2020 season.

“He has made good progress in his time with us this year; he is an exciting player and a real student of the game and has made a telling contribution to the Tigers in 2019.

“Jordan acknowledges that there is plenty of improvement in his game and with a full pre-season we are confident we will see that improvement. He can’t wait to get started.”