Monaghan turned down return home to join Cas

Joel Monaghan says he turned down an offer from an NRL club to join Castleford Tigers for next season.

The 33 year-old winger was released by Warrington Wolves at the end of last season and joined the Tigers on a two-year deal, despite interest from back home.

“There were a few options, including an opportunity to go back to Australia and play, but I want to finish my career over here,” the former Australia international said at the Tigers media day via Eurosport.co.uk.

Monaghan, who skippered the Wolves last season in what was a disappointing season, reflected on last year’s campaign: “It was a tough year, my first as captain and the way it all turned out, it was not the year we wanted to have,” he said.

“I wasn’t happy with big parts of the season but I really enjoyed my time there and there are no hard feelings at all. It was time for a change.”

Monaghan won the Challenge Cup with Warrington in 2012 and the former Canberra Raider and Sydney Rooster believes his new side are not far away from winning silverware of their own: “Look at what Cas have done over the last few years and where they’ve come from. It’s been a transformation since I came to England five years ago.

“They are definitely a team on the up. They showed that by reaching the Challenge Cup final a couple of years ago and they’ve been knocking on the door for the top four the last two years.

“They need to take that next step.”

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