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Tigers sign new academy coaches

Dean Sampson
Sampson played in the 1995 World Cup for England

Castleford Tigers have appointed Dean Sampson and Chris Chester to their new coaching team.

Tigers legend Sampson returns to the club as head coach of the academy, while former Halifax player Chester has become the reserve head coach.

Sampson said: "It's fantastic to be back at the club and I'm really looking forward to working with a very talented group of young players.

"I will be looking to pass on my own knowledge of the game."

Sampson made over 400 first-grade appearances for the Tigers and won international honours for Great Britain before his retirement in 2003.

He then moved onto the West Yorkshire outfit's coaching team and in 2004 his Junior Academy side defeated St Helens in the Grand Final.

Sampson added: "I feel that I have developed personally and believe that I am a better coach than I was in 2004 when we won the Grand Final here at the Jungle.

"There is already some real talent in the junior academy squad and I'm confident that we can emulate the 2004 team's achievement."

Chester is a former Stanley Rangers junior player and was a member of Hull FC's 2005 Challenge Cup winning side.

Chris Chester
Chester made almost 200 Super League appearances in his career

Newly-appointed head of youth of development manager Steve Gill said: "I am delighted to have been able to bring Chris and Dean to the club.

"These are key roles at the club and knowing both of them well I feel that we have secured the right men for the jobs in two former players with a massive amount of experience at the very highest level.

"Dean needs little introduction as a major favourite with fans at the Jungle for many years.

"He also has plenty of experience of coaching young players and led our Academy to Grand Final success in 2004, a team from which current first-team stars Michael Shenton, Craig Huby and Ryan Boyle developed.

"My aim is to ensure that we have a highly professional coaching and development team working with our young players to ensure that they have every chance possible to develop into Super League players, and these two appointments fit in entirely to that ethos.

"I would also like to thank Colin Maskill, who will be leaving us, for all his hard work on behalf of the club."

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