Despite the impending departure of star coach Daryl Powell, Castleford have tied down some of their star players ahead of the arrival of new coach Lee Radford.
Jake Trueman confirmed he’d be at the Jungle in 2022, Daniel Smith signed a new deal as did Jordan Turner.
Today, the Tigers announced that another star would also be staying as the West Yorkshire side look to keep the core of the side together. Castleford triggered a one-year extension of George Griffin’s current deal keeping him at the club until the end of 2022.
Castleford’s number 15 was delighted with the decision: “I’m over the moon, I am really happy here so to get my extra year is something I was looking forward to, pen to paper now so it’s sorted.
“The way the club is run, I get along really well with the boys here, it’s pretty local to all my family and I think I just fit into the mould of the Club quite well and the way we play. Obviously, there’s a few changes to staff next year but that just brings another dynamic and a new challenge ahead.”
His future head coach Lee Radford was equally excited by the decision. He even revealed he tried to unite Griffin with his brother Josh at Hull when in charge at the KCOM Stadium: “I’ve obviously had the pleasure of working with George’s brother for a while and have a good relationship with him. I’ve previously had an interest in George when I was at Hull and to finally be able to work with him, I’m really looking forward to that.
“A real solid player, up and down, and what you see is what you get.”
Griffin will be looking to send current coach Daryl Powell out on a high nonetheless. He’ll most likely feature in Castleford’s Challenge Cup semi-final against Warrington as the Tigers look to return to Wembley for the first time since 2014.