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Gareth Ellis wants to end career at Castleford Tigers

Gareth Ellis
Ellis has been capped 17 times by Great Britain

England forward Gareth Ellis has revealed that he would like to end his career back in Super League with Castleford Tigers.

The 30-year-old, currently in his third year in NRL in Australia, is contracted to Wests Tigers until the end of 2013.

He told the Australian Rugby League Week: "I'd love to go back to Castleford. It's the team I grew up watching home and away.

"It'd be like my career played out perfectly," he added.

"They're going pretty good. They're showing signs of improvement and they'll have a new stadium in a year or two. It would be good."

It would be great to see an England team in the NRL, where all the best players were playing for that team

Gareth Ellis

Ellis was a junior at amateur side Castleford Lock Lane before joining Wakefield in 1999.

He made his Super League debut that year and moved to Leeds in 2005, where he went on to make more than 100 appearances.

He joined Wests Tigers in 2009 and has twice been voted their Player of the Year.

Now he has called for an English team to play in the NRL, although he admits it is unlikely to ever happen.

"Ideally, it would be great to see an England team in the NRL, where all the best players were playing for that team," he said.

"It probably will never work but it would be a fantastic franchise. That would be the ideal.

"With our game unable, at the moment, to challenge rugby union and soccer as a world game, it'd be worthwhile and it would be beneficial to England."



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