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Cas to keep Wigan winger Shaun Ainscough for season

Shaun Ainscough
Shaun Ainscough ran in four tries in his first two games for Castleford

Castleford Tigers have been allowed to keep Wigan Warriors winger Shaun Ainscough on loan for the whole season.

The 20-year-old joined the Tigers on an original month's loan in late February, marking his debut with a hat-trick against Hull Kingston Rovers.

And Friday night's home game with Crusaders was due to be his last.

But the Tigers have now agreed a new deal with his parent club Wigan allowing him to stay on at The Jungle until the end of the current campaign.

The Warriors retain the right to recall Ainscough at 48 hours' notice. And he will not be able to play for Cas in the Challenge Cup, to avoid him being cup tied.

But, following the loan signings of Warrington forward Mike Cooper and Ainscough's Wigan colleague Chris Tuson, injury-hit Cas coach Terry Matterson now also has a season-long stand-in for broken leg victim Richie Owen.

"Shaun, in effect, is a direct replacement for Richie Owen," admitted Matterson.

I'm hoping Shaun Ainscough will be crossing the whitewash on a regular basis throughout the season

Castleford coach Terry Matterson

"With Mike Cooper and Chris Tuson also on board, at least for the short term, and some of our own promising youngsters gaining valuable experience, we now have that extra depth to cover for injuries such as we have seen in recent weeks when we have seen five of our frontline players sidelined.

"This is especially the case with a tough Easter campaign just ahead of us.

"This is very welcome news and I am grateful to Wigan for agreeing to extend Shaun's loan period for the full season.

"He has gone well for us in his short time at the club and I'm hoping that he will be crossing the whitewash on a regular basis throughout the season."

Ainscough ran in 17 tries for Wigan last season, all of which came in one purple 11-match patch in the first half of the season, before being ruled out by injury.

"I think Wigan are happy with the chance we are giving Shaun," Matterson told BBC Radio Leeds. "These things are a two-way street."

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