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Castleford has thrown a rugby league lifeline to axed St George Illawarra forward Willie Manu.

The controversial forward will join ex-Cronulla prop Danny Nutley at the recently promoted English Super League club which has officially unveiled new coach, Australian Terry Matterson. Manu, 25, has signed for 2006 after being released from his Dragons contract - which was due to expire next season ? after several off-field incidents this year.

Meanwhile, teenage sensation Greg Inglis has extended his contract with Melbourne until the 2009 NRL season in a deal worth in excess of $1 million.

The new deal marks one of the most lucrative contracts ever offered to a rookie, with the 18-year-old set to become a millionaire after playing just 13 first grade games for the Storm. The retention of Inglis was a priority for coach Craig Bellamy, who recently compared him to "a young Laurie Daley".