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Peter Mata’utia gives honest update about his future at Castleford – a club he holds “pretty close” to his heart

Castleford’s Peter Mata’utia has told Serious About Rugby League that he is currently talking to the Tigers about extending his contract amidst rumours of a move away, but that he is letting his footy “do the talking”.

The Samoan international first moved on-loan to Castleford in 2018 before penning a permanent deal. But, for Mata’utia, the West Yorkshire club has been more than just somewhere to play.

“It’s been outstanding; my first year in England didn’t plan out the way it meant to, but I hold Cas pretty close to my heart,” Mata’utia said.

“In my first year at Cas I was going through perhaps one of the toughest times in my life and that 2018 squad itself, they were there for me and the support I got back then was second to none.

“It’s a big reason why this club means a lot to me, it was a pretty tough time for me that year, but the boys and the coaching staff were behind me the whole time, it means a lot.”

The 30-year-old is out of contract at the end of 2021 and there has been speculation that Mata’utia could be moving to Warrington with head coach Daryl Powell, but the centre isn’t concerned about that.

“I’ve been talking to Cas and I’m just trying to enjoy my time playing rugby at the moment and letting my footy do the talking.

“Hopefully I’ll get something sorted soon and time will tell, but I’ve got a lot more to worry about on the field – we’re doing pretty good, we’re six from seven at the moment and in the semis of the Challenge Cup.

“I know how much that means to the club and the town, so, I can only control what I can which is my rugby at the moment and everything else will take care of itself.”

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