Castleford Tigers Women are thrilled to confirm the signing of former Featherstone Rovers half-back/full-back Grace Dyke for the 2022 campaign!
The 20-year-old links up with the Tigresses squad with Women’s Super League experience behind her from a stint at Rovers and bolsters Matty Faulkner’s pack for this season.
Dyke has also represented Featherstone Lionesses and Oulton Raidettes during her rugby league career, and claimed she is over the moon to be joining the Fords.
“I am really excited to be moving here! I saw what was going on at Cas and how they are building something here.
“I know some of the girls who play here already so I thought I could fit in and bring something different to the side as well. I have played with Abby Cromack and Maisie Lumb at Castleford Rugby Union so I thought it would be good to link up with them again.”
Castleford Women’s first Super League fixture ended in defeat, however, a battling performance in their maiden match means that morale is still high in the camp and Dyke put forward that it has been a really welcoming atmosphere.
“Even on the first day I came down everyone was really smiley and welcoming so it is a really nice atmosphere. Matty has been great in helping me settle in and we have already chatted about what we can do moving forward.”
Cas’ latest addition will be in contention to make her Tigresses debut on Sunday when they come up against Bradford Bulls for a 2pm kick-off.
When asked about what qualities she likes to bring to the field, Dyke explained that she is a player that likes to get on the front foot.
“I feel like I am an attacking player because I have a bit of speed and I like to throw in a few dummies as well. I have been playing at fly half recently in union so hopefully I can bring aspects of that with my kicking game and things like that.”
It’s a great time to be part of the Women’s setup with the growth of the Academy and Scholarship setup as well as the expanding First Team and the new signing indicated what her and the team’s goals are for the season ahead.
“It’s really exciting to be playing in the Super League again because the league looks really competitive already. I am looking forward to playing some competitive rugby. We are a developing side, but we are definitely aiming to pick up good results along the way.”