Castleford veteran Grant Millington has agreed a new one-year extension with the club.
The 33-year-old Australian joined the Tigers in 2012 from Canterbury Bulldogs and has gone on to become a firm fan favourite, playing over 200 games, holding the club record for the most appearances by an overseas player.
He was part of the Castleford sides who reached the 2014 Challenge Cup Final and 2017 Grand Final and will enter his tenth Super League season in 2021.
“I’m really happy to get it sorted and be sticking around for another year,” Millington said. “I’ve almost spent a third of my life here when you really think about it and I’ve had some of the best moments of my life here.
“The birth of my three kids, the League Leaders’ Shield, the Grand Final, they are all things that I know I’m going to remember forever. I’ve really enjoyed my time here and it’s something I won’t forget for sure.
“I’m not here to waste time or anything, if that was the case I would move home and find work and start the rest of my life but I still honestly believe that we’ve got something pretty special here.”
Castleford head coach Daryl Powell added: “Overseas players come over to the UK and spend time at clubs, but for a player to come and spend ten seasons with a club is pretty special and almost unheard of.
“He came over and he’s grown, certainly in my time at the club, and he has been a special player for Castleford Tigers in every way and I’m delighted that he is staying here with us.
“I think he’s revitalised and the way I see him at the moment, and what we’ve seen at the start of this season and since the lockdown is that he is in fantastic shape and playing some of the best rugby league of his career.
“His ability as a front-rower is second to none, we’ve played him at halfback, he can do whatever you want. He’s been an awesome player for the club and I’m looking forward to continuing working with him.”