After an impressive time with Sheffield Eagles and a barnstorming World Cup with Papua New Guinea last winter, hopes were high for winger Garry Lo when he signed for Castleford Tigers from the Betfred Championship club.
Today, however, he has been officially released by last season’s League Leaders’ Shield winners after initially being stood down by the club. A record better than a try-a-game in his two years with the Eagles, last September saw him sign a deal with Castleford for the same length of time, the club keen to get the sought after winger signed up before the World Cup down under. Indeed, such was his impact, he was named the breakout star of the competition and a lot was expected of him in Super League.
Behind the likes of Greg Eden and James Clare in the left wing pecking order, he had to wait until mid-April to make his Super League debut when the Tigers visited Wigan. The Papua New Guinean cross for a try but that turned out to be his sole appearance for the club. Days later, he was ‘stood down’ by the club to assist with a police enquiry with neither the club nor West Yorkshire Police shedding any light on the particulars of the incident.
Today, though, the player’s wish to be released from his contract was agreed by mutual consent. Castleford Tigers released a statement reading “today we received a request from Garry Lo’s representative to be released from his contract with the club to allow him to focus on a personal matter.”