Nutley leaving with heavy heart

Castleford Tigers captain Danny Nutley will return home to Sydney next month with mixed emotions after failing to keep his side in engage Super League.

The veteran front-rower received some consolation for his team?s relegation when he was named in the 2006 engage Super League Dream Team, but he struggled to raise a smile at the unveiling in Manchester.

"It?s a good achievement and fantastic to be in a team with this calibre of player, it?s unbelievable," he said.

"I was pleased with my form but relegation is one thing I didn?t want to happen. It hurts.

"I knew it was going to be hard, it was everything I expected it to be. You would think 19 points would be all right but it wasn?t enough.

"We had good patches during the year and some bad patches, which you?ve got to expect from a team that?s just got promoted."

The former Cronulla and Warrington Wolves prop was an ever-present in the Tigers? first season back in Super League and finished the year as the competition?s top tackler as well as the leading metre-maker.

The 32-year-old, who had already decided to leave the club at the end of the season because his family are homesick, is joining Sydney Roosters where he will renew a partnership with former Cronulla and Australia coach Chris Anderson.

"It?s going to be great," he said. "Chris Anderson is a good friend of mine.

"It?s unbelievable really. He was the one who originally got me back to Australia and now I?m going back to him again."