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Castleford Tigers are very pleased to announce that Russell Gaunt will be returning to the club at the end of August as the club's new Sales and Marketing Director. Russell had a previous and very successful spell with the Tigers as Commercial Manager and is delighted to be returning to the club in this new post.
The Tigers Chief Executive Richard Wright in making the announcement said:
?Russ was the first person I brought to the club to kick start the off-field operation back in 1996. I worked with him for three years and am well aware of his ability. We went through the bad times in early 1997 and great times in 1999 and we were disappointed to lose him when he left us for Leeds, although we fully understood his reasons for leaving."
?Russ?s return to the club is a great boost to us. We have to increase income from all sources if we are to compete at the highest level and his joining us will certainly strengthen our off-field management team. This is an important step if we are to achieve our long-term goals and we are all looking forward to working with him again.? Added Richard.
Russell himself said: ?When I left Castleford it was to take up an opportunity to work with both cricket and the two rugby codes at Headingley and that experience as part of a big operation has given me the opportunity to learn an awful lot. But I have always held a strong affection for Castleford and am proud of the work that we did in my time there."
?When I was offered this opportunity to return to the club in the capacity of Sales and Marketing Director it was one that was too good to miss. The Tigers have impressed me with their ambition and I am really looking forward to the challenge of taking the club forward off the field and in turn generating the revenue to take it forward on the field of play.?
The Tigers had originally planned to appoint Bristol Rugby Union Commercial Director Mike Turner to a similar post but he could not take up the position for personal reasons.