Castleford captain granted testimonial

Castleford Tigers captain Michael Shenton has been granted a year-long testimonial by the RFL.

Shenton is being rewarded for a 15-year career so far. He came through the Castleford academy in 2004 before helping them back to the Super League on two separate occasions.

He then joined St Helens ahead of the 2010 season and played in two Super League Grand Finals, before going back to Wheldon Road in 2013.

Since returning, he was made captain, and led the team out in the 2014 Challenge Cup Final and the 2017 Super League Grand Final. Both times resulted in defeat against Leeds Rhinos.

Toronto Wolfpack have agreed to be the opponents for his testimonial game that will take place on Sunday 19th January, with a kick off of 2pm at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

Shenton told the Castleford club website: “I wanted to start by saying thank you to everybody who’s helped out so far with my testimonial. It’s only being released now but there’s been a lot of hard work going on behind the scenes to get this done.

“I’m really excited for the Toronto game, they bring a lot of excitement and expectation with them, so I hope the fans will come down to support me and the rest of the boys, and see what Toronto are about.

“I thought I’d start my testimonial year with my game and get the biggest event out of the way with early. After that, we’re going to plan a few things such as a golf day and a dinner towards the end of next season.

“It will be a few big events rather than lots of little ones as I don’t want it to be too much of a distraction, I want my focus to be on having a good season.”

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