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Castleford Tigers Women are delighted to announce the addition of young halfback star Chloe Smith to their squad ahead of the 2022 Betfred Women’s Super League season.

The 17-year-old began her rugby journey at Hunslet before moving on to local side Normanton Knights, where she played for most of her youth.

Her first taste of Super League rugby came during a spell at Huddersfield Giants in 2021 and the stand-off is ecstatic to be back playing in the top tier of rugby league once again.

“I have come to Castleford to test myself and they play the game how I want to play it. I have always enjoyed watching the Cas team play over the years and I know it is a new group of players now, but we are all working hard to make sure we are ready for the season.”

The Women’s team have been training hard over the past couple of months under new Head Coach Matty Faulkner and Smith stated that training has been a really positive experience as they build up to the new campaign.

“Training so far has been very skill based and just building as a group, so we are prepared. Everyone is now in the mindset of being ready to go because we all want to put out big performances from the get-go.

“A lot of people may have doubts about us, but we want to perform and prove them wrong.

“Matty has brought a lot of new ideas into the group, and he wants to play expansive rugby and let people use their own individual skills.”

The #NewCasEra for the men’s First Team is now underway and with a fresh injection of players coming into the women’s side, it’s also a new beginning for Faulkner’s team also.

In closing, the halfback explained that her and the rest of the squad will be aiming to get their season off to a solid start with the Challenge Cup fixtures just around the corner.

“It’s fantastic to be going through this new era together and all the girls are growing week on week. The squad is just getting better and better and it’s brilliant to be back playing in Super League again for me personally.

“The Challenge Cup games are the first ones coming up, so we want to start with a big performance there and to keep on building as a team. We want to go out and shock a few teams and show them what we are about.”

Speaking on his latest new acquisition to the Tigresses, Faulkner put forward how delighted he was to bring in such a skilful player.

“Chloe is a very talented rugby player; she played a bit last season for Huddersfield and this year she will be a bit more mature as a rugby player and physically ready.

“I think she will be the one to control us and lead us around the park.”

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