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Castleford Tigers’ retiring prop Grant Millington reveals he almost signed elsewhere

Grant Millington must be one of the most idolised Australians around Castleford.

After moving to the Jungle in 2012, Millington won the hearts of the Tigers faithful with his blockbusting runs and incredible determination.

And, after a decade at the club, the 34-year-old almost signed for another year – and was even close to penning a deal elsewhere – before making the decision to retire.

“I was actually in talks with Cas about going round again but a few things happened behind the scenes and we weren’t able to make it happen,” Millington told the By the Balls podcast.

“I was actually talking to a Championship side or two, and I was actually close to signing for York.

“When it came down to it though the family were ready to go home and that made the decision easy to me when they wanted to be around grandparents and aunties and uncles.”

Millington also revealed that his emotions weren’t prepared for the 40-24 defeat to Warrington Wolves.

“I didn’t think it was going to be my last game so I wasn’t overly emotional about it, but they came up with a 30-point lead in the first-half.

“I was proud of how we came back in the second-half but we didn’t get the job done.

“Even though it’s for the wrong reasons, it’s a game I will remember forever as the kids were able to come on the pitch after the game which they haven’t been able to do for a while.”

The adopted Castleford man believes the time is right for a new coach at the Tigers.

“It’s going to be a new era and I think it could be the right move – a new coach wants to come in and it gives him a good shot of stamping his own authority and his own culture.

“Everyone that’s moving on will have been very grateful for the club.”

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