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Fulton reiterates Cas commitment

Castleford chairman Jack Fulton has reassured fans of his support for the club in the wake of further resignations from the backroom staff.

Commercial manager Nick Fozzard and his wife Sarah, the club's marketing manager, both resigned today with immediate effect, just a week after Steve Ferres quit as chief executive.

Ferres resigned his post seven months after taking over from Richard Wright, citing differences with the club's directors, but Fulton, who has bankrolled the Tigers for more than 20 years, insists there is no crisis.

"This club has been built on loyalty and passion for approaching 90 years," said Fulton, who has appointed head of youth development Steve Gill as interim chief executive.

"It has had plenty of ups and downs behind the scenes and it no doubt will in future.

"While this last week has been a turbulent one off the pitch and this situation is not ideal by any stretch, the club will continue to deliver a side competing in Super League as the team has done so proudly against much bigger, more fancied clubs than ourselves so far this season.

"I'd like to assure fans of the club's future by reiterating that the driving force of my financing of this great club is keeping it going as a Super League operation ready for the day when it can support itself and this position remains unchanged.

"I have faith in Steve Gill and the existing staff members that they are united and will continue to do this club proud in the weeks to come whilst we recruit more people who want to be at the club and help us realise our aims."

Gill paid tribute to Fozzard, 36, who quit after 11 months in the job, and Sarah who was appointed on a short-term basis last summer to help deliver the club's membership scheme.

Gill said: "It is with disappointment that we confirm the departures of Sarah and Nick from the club. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank them both for their efforts.

"The membership scheme has been a fantastic introduction to the club and Sarah played no small part in its delivery. We wish her well.

"Nick's transition from player to commercial manager was amazing to see. We hope that his next venture in life is prosperous and one that gives him fulfilment.

"The aim of all remaining staff is to roll our sleeves up and ensure the backroom team are in a position to make the most of the positive start to the season made by the players and coaching staff."