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Castleford Tigers hand deal to out-of-contract forward

Castleford Tigers have announced young forward Lewis Peachey has signed a one-year contract extension.

The 20-year-old joined Castleford’s youth system via the Tigers Talent Pathway before progressing through Scholarship and Academy levels and then onto the first-team.

Peachey made his Castleford debut back in 2019 against the Catalans Dragons and has gone on to make a further 12 appearances in Tigers colours.

On signing his new deal, the forward explained just how pleased he is to be staying at the club he has been associated with since he was a teenager.

“I am really happy to be staying! With a new coach coming in next year, I am hoping to push on and hopefully get some more game time.

“I got a few games this year, probably more than I thought and I am hoping to get the same or even more next year.

“I came through the TTP (Tigers Talent Pathway), then the Scholarship and Academy so it is all I have known really. It is good to be staying and I can continue to improve.”

Castleford are currently seeing a promising crop of youngsters coming through, especially in the forward pack, with the likes of Jacques O’Neill and Sam Hall impressing in the middle of the field. Peachey outlined that competing against his fellow youngsters helps them all raise their game and drive them forward in their quest for a first team starting spot.

Me and some of the younger lads were able to get some good experience this year and hopefully I can take that and improve next year. I will take that knowledge into 2022 which will make me a better player.

“All the youngsters coming through are a good bunch of lads to compete with and we are all aiming for the same goal so hopefully we can all make plenty of appearances.”

There have been plenty of exciting additions to the playing squad and off-field staff at The Mend-A-Hose Jungle with the new era for 2022 under head coach Lee Radford in full swing.

When asked about the upcoming opportunity of working under the new coaching team, the 20-year-old stated that he is relishing the chance.

“My main goal for pre-season is to impress the new coaches and show them what I can do. In terms of games, my main aim is to improve on last year’s appearances and get more experience.

“I am really excited for it to be fair because I have only been here under one coach since I started so I think it will be interesting and I am definitely looking forward to working under Lee Radford.”

In closing, Peachey had a message for the Castleford faithful.

“I’m really looking forward to playing down at The Jungle again next year and hopefully the fans can get behind us to create that great atmosphere. I am sure we will repay them and get some great wins.”

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