Boost for Tigers as Holmes agrees to new deal

Castleford Tigers' Oliver Holmes.
Castleford Tigers' Oliver Holmes.
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Oliver Holmes is the latest player to pledge his allegiance to Castleford Tigers.

The back-row, 21, has been one of many success stories in their season so far, with the club only missing out on Super League top spot following some contentious decisions in defeat against leaders St Helens last Friday.

They hope to return to winning ways in tomorrow’s derby at Wakefield Trinity with Daryl Powell’s side lifted by news Holmes has signed a new two-year deal.

He follows the likes of prolific winger Justin Carney and Australian forward Grant Millington in quickly agreeing fresh contracts.

“I am delighted that an outstanding young player who has risen through the club’s development system has decided that his future lies with the Tigers,” admitted Powell, Holmes having debuted as a 17-year-old at Huddersfield four years ago and already notched up 73 league appearances.

“Oliver is a quality player and individual whose game is growing consistently and will continue to do so as he works so hard at it.

“We saw his value to the team in a tough game versus St Helens last weekend and I’m looking forward to helping him develop his ability in the coming seasons.”

On his part, Holmes is striving to improve further under the ex-Great Britain international’s tutelage.

“Daryl has shown a bit of faith in me as I’ve started all but one of the games this year,” he said.

“There are still bits of my game that I’m looking to improve.

“I’ve got to push on now; I’m going to be giving it 110 percent every week because that’s the player and person that I am and that’s what I should be doing week in, week out.

“We want to be winning games and putting in that type of effort is the way it’s going to happen.”

Michael Channing and Richard Owen are back in Castleford’s squad in place of Jake Webster and the injured Luke Dorn, while Wakefield welcome back Dean Collis, Reece Lyne and Daniel Smith from injury.

Huddersfield Giants, hoping to avoid a fifth successive loss, have England centre Leroy Cudjoe, second-row Larne Patrick and prop Anthony Mullally bolstering them for tomorrow’s trip to Salford Red Devils, Jodie Broughton and Luke Robinson missing out against their former club.