Super League Castleford Tigers confirm plans for new stadium

• Club to quit Wheldon Road for nearby Glasshoughton in 2017
• Tigers joint top having won first four games of 2014 season

Castleford hope to add to the feelgood factor generated by their stunning start to the Super League season by finally securing a move to a new stadium by 2017.

The Tigers are joint top of the early-season table having won their first four fixtures, most recently beating the champions Wigan, and have now released plans to leave their Wheldon Road home for a new development in nearby Glasshoughton.

There will inevitably be some scepticism as, like their local Super League rivals Wakefield Trinity, Cas have been talking of a move for more than a decade. But this proposal is unrelated to the one that stalled several years ago over issues surrounding the sale of Wheldon Road, although it is again reliant on a retail development at junction 32 of the M62 motorway.

It also involves a new 50-acre country park to be developed by the Land Trust and according to Castleford and their developers, could bring £135m of investment into the town and 2,000 jobs.

Jack Fulton, the chairman who has been propping up the Tigers financially for several years, said: "Clearly this is a very exciting opportunity for Castleford Tigers to finally get a home fit for the 21st century. A new stadium will provide the foundations of a bright new future for the club and much needed facilities for the wider Castleford community. Where previously other plans have not materialised, Castleford Tigers are confident that Lateral Property Group can deliver this new stadium for the club."

Castleford are hoping for a crowd at least as big as the 8,504 who attended the win against Wigan for another home game on Sunday against Hull and Daryl Powell has hinted that the former New Zealand centre Jake Webster may make his first appearance of the season, after proving his recovery from knee and shoulder injuries with the York City Knights last week.

Widnes, who also have a 100% winning record although in their case after only three fixtures, all of them at home, have included the overseas backs Cameron Phelps and Patrick Ah Van in their squad for the first time this season for Friday night's game at Leeds.

Rob Powell, the former London Broncos coach who has been out of the game since he was sacked in July 2012, has been tempted back by Medway Dragons, the ambitious Kent amateur club who have confirmed their intention of joining the semi-professional ranks within five years. © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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