Warrington Wolves have announced the signings of Oliver Holmes and Peter Mata’utia from Castleford Tigers from the 2022 season.
The duo will join new head coach Daryl Powell in making the switch to Warrington.
Second-rower Holmes joins on a three-year deal until November 2024. The 28-year-old is a product of Castleford’s Academy system and has made over 200 appearances for his hometown club, scoring 39 Super League tries. Holmes has represented both England and England Knights.
Mata’utia joins on a two-year contract until November 2023. The versatile back joined the Tigers from Leigh Centurions midway through the 2018 season having previously featured for Newcastle Knights and St George Illawarra Dragons in the NRL. The 30-year-old has previously represented Samoa on the international stage.
Speaking on the announcement, Holmes said: “Warrington is such a big club and I’m looking forward to the challenge next season. Having been at Cas my whole adult life it was a decision which took a lot of thought but I’m excited for the challenge ahead next year.
“I found out recently that my Grandad’s brother, Geoff Oakes, played for Warrington in the 1960s so to be following in my family’s footsteps is great too.
“I’m fully focused now on finishing well for Cas in the best possible way. We’ve got the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley to come and having spent my whole career so far at Cas the club means a lot to me and I want to end my time here on a high before making the switch to Warrington.”
Mata’utia added: “I’m excited to have signed for Warrington for next year. It’s a big Super League club and it’s going to be a great challenge for me to bring my experience and have an impact on the team in 2022.
“The chance to continue working with Daryl was a big factor in the move. We’ve got a great relationship. I have huge respect for him. He allows me to be me and challenges me to be the best that I can be. I enjoy playing under him.
“The Halliwell Jones Stadium is similar to the Jungle with the fans being up close and making for a great atmosphere. When 2022 comes I’ll be excited to play there but for now my focus is on finishing the season strongly and enjoying the rest of the year with Cas.”