LIAM FINN has been rewarded for his brilliant adaptation to life as a Super League player by signing a new two-year deal with Castleford Tigers.
Considering the half-back’s quality performances this term, since joining from part-timers Featherstone Rovers, it is no surprise coach Daryl Powell made it one of his priorities securing his services longer.
Indeed, such is Powell’s belief in Finn, the deal has an option for a further 12 months, too, which could see the 30-year-old remain at Wheldon Road until the end of 2017.
Ireland’s captain had spent a decade in the lower divisions before being given his top-flight chance last winter with a one-year deal from his former Featherstone coach.
But it has been one of Powell’s finest pieces of business yet, Finn’s obvious class coming to the fore with him rapidly emerging as one of the stars of Super League during Castleford’s meteoric rise up the table.
“It’s nice and positive to hear good comments, but I think I’m just part of a good team at the moment and I’m enjoying it,” he said.
“For the club to want to keep me for a bit longer is very pleasing and it’s pleasing I have managed to do a good enough job to earn a new contract. Hopefully I can kick on and establish myself as a Super League player.
“If you step up a level anywhere in any sort of profession you have got a point to prove, whether to yourself or anybody else.
“First and foremost I wanted to prove to myself I could play Super League after watching it for the last 10 years and thinking to myself I could do it.
“That’s the easy part. But when you get thrown into a Super League game you’ve got to put your money where your mouth is and give it your best shot.”
Finn added: “There is definitely room for improvement.
“I was happy with the way I started the season, but felt I dropped off a little bit and it probably cost me my place in the team a couple of times.
“Jamie (Ellis) came in and played well and put massive pressure on the half-back positions,” he said.
“I really feel I’ve had to up my game again in recent weeks and hopefully now with the new deal I can concentrate even more on my rugby and try to improve not just to be a Super League player, but be a good Super League player.”