DONS: Tigers starlet joins on loan

Castleford Tigers back James Clare looks for an opening in the Wildcats under 18s defence. Picture: MATTHEW MERRICK

Castleford Tigers back James Clare looks for an opening in the Wildcats under 18s defence. Picture: MATTHEW MERRICK

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YOUNG Castleford Tigers utility back James Clare has joined the Dons on a season-long loan deal.

Clare becomes Doncaster’s fourth signing since the club were promoted back to the Championship, following the arrivals of Brooke Broughton, Dennis Tuffour and Brett Waller.

The 21-year-old is a graduate of the Tigers’ successful academy and made his Super League debut against Huddersfield in March.

Clare, whose preferred position is on the wing, said: “There were quite a few clubs who wanted me to sign for them with the Super League under 20s disbanding but it was my decision to join Doncaster.

“The Dons have just had an excellent season and everything seemed right about the club during our discussions.

“I met up with Tony this week and had a good look around the Keepmoat Stadium and I was really impressed with the facilities they have there.

“I’m looking forwarding to meeting up with the lads and I hope to have a really good season with the club.”

Dons head coach Tony Miller said: “I’ve seen James play a few times for Castleford and I’m confident he’ll become a really good signing for us.

“He’ll give us plenty of options in the back line and this season long loan further strengthens both a spirited and resilient squad as we prepare for next year.

“James comes with Super League experience and a professional approach to the game and that can only be a good thing for the team and the players around him.

“I’m delighted to have him on board.”