Doncaster thought to be closing in on Castle

Mark Castle
Mark Castle

Doncaster RLFC are reportedly on the verge of re-signing strong-running front-rower Mark Castle.

The prop scored a try for Hunslet Hawks in their 25-16 Championship Shield win over the Dons at the South Leeds Stadium on Sunday.

Chief executive Carl Hall declined to comment on speculation this week but admitted that the Dons had wanted to keep Castle at the club at the end of the 2014 Championship campaign but could not match the terms offered byHunslet.

If the deal goes through Castle would be the fourth signing to be announced, following skipper Kyle Kesik and wing/centre Sam Doherty and second rower Brad Foster agreeing new contracts.

In an exclusive interview with The Star, Hall again reassured supporters that the club were looking to put together a squad capable of securing promotion from League One at the first attempt next season.

He claimed the club’s owners had agreed a competitive budget but said RFL central funding would be down by over £100,000 following relegation.

He urged fans to boost coach Gary Thornton’s budget by supporting the Dons For Life fund.

“We need to try and resurrect it and get more new members,” he said.

“We were able to bring in Paul Cooke with the money pledged several years ago – and look what that did for the club.

“If we could raise a similar amount it would help Gary bring in a marquee player outside of his budget.”