Castleford Tigers Women are thrilled to confirm the signing of young second-row forward Aimee-Leigh Wood from fellow Betfred Women’s Super League side Wakefield Trinity.
The 17-year-old will bolster Matty Faulkner’s exciting young squad ahead of the 2022 league campaign and when Wood spoke to castlefordtigers.com about her arrival at the Tigresses, she affirmed just how happy she is to be representing the Club she has been supporting all her life.
“I am really pleased to be here! It’s something that I have wanted to do ever since I was younger because I’m a Cas fan.
“I used to come down to get involved in the camps here when I was in high school, so I am excited to be back.”
Wood also has family ties within the Women’s setup at Castleford with her father, Rob Richardson, being appointed as Women’s Assistant Coach for this year after being involved with the Club’s Learning Disability team and with the Tigers Talent Pathway.
The new signing identified that her Dad’s influence within the coaching staff will only be a positive for her on and off the field, by saying:
“He’s really happy that I’ve moved down here because he used to coach me at my old club when I was younger.
“It’s comforting that I know he’s there if I ever need help with anything so it’s only going to be a good thing moving forward.”
The young forward progressed through the age groups at local community club Cutsyke Raidettes and Wood explained just how crucial the lessons she learnt at an amateur level have been in terms of her progression to become a Super League player.
“I was at Cutsyke since around the under 14’s level. I started off playing rugby at school which I enjoyed so I decided to join there.
“Being at Cutsyke has been amazing for my progression because I wasn’t confident when I started off. It’s helped my rugby knowledge so much as I progressed with the same girls and the same coaches.
“We all really bonded because I had my mates with me by my side which helped me get more into rugby as time went by.”
Castleford Tigers Women’s season gets underway in the upcoming weeks and in closing their latest new addition outlined how much she is relishing the opportunity to run out in Cas colours.
“The girls here have welcomed me with open arms because I only knew a few of them before I joined but they all spoke to me as soon as I got here.
“I can’t wait to play competitive rugby again with the Cas kit on!”
Tigresses Head Coach Matty Faulkner spoke of his delight of being able to bring in the talented youngster, by declaring: “We are really happy to have Aimee come on board. She has got a lot about her, and she played in Super League last year. She’s come straight into the group and fitted in really nicely.
“She’s a very good athlete and she has taken to all the things that we have been doing in training really well. She is someone we see a big future in, and we want to push as hard as we can to get the best out of her.”