Former Castleford Tigers forward Grant Millington reveals he almost signed for York City Knights

Grant Millington will forever be remembered in one part of West Yorkshire.

That part is, of course, Castleford with whom he played ten years in a glorious spell in the UK.

The Australian developed alongside the team and the club into one of the most feared forwards in Super League – and one of the most revered amongst the terraces of the Jungle.

However, in his last year of playing for the Tigers, there had been speculation that Millington could well have played for another side in the UK – although it would not have been in the top flight.

“There were reports floating around that I had signed at Bradford,” Millington told Serious About Rugby League.

“But there was obviously no substance in that whatsoever. I’d never even spoken to anyone from the Bulls.”

It wasn’t Bradford that had put the feelers out, but rather York City Knights.

“I never had any offers, but I went and met James Ford at York.

“I was keen to play on another year, and I couldn’t see myself playing for another Super League club.

“I was really impressed with Fordy’s vision and the facilities at York, but when I spoke to the kids about it, they wanted to head to Australia and get to know their family through something other than a phone screen so that made the decision for me to call it a day pretty easy.”

As it was, Millington instead heeded the wishes of his family and returned home to Australia where he currently resides.

However, the Australian is still hailed by Castleford fans as one of the greatest overseas signings in the club’s history.

And, for good reason as well. Not only would Millington play anywhere in the pack, he even deputised at halfback in some extreme cases under previous head coach Daryl Powell – he really was that good and that influential for Castleford.

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