YOUNG winger James Clare has signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him at Castleford Tigers until the end of the 2015 season.
The 22-year-old winger is a product of Tigers’ youth development system and has scored four senior tries - including a long-range touchdown against Hull last week - since making his debut in March last year.
“It’s a dream come true for me,” Clare said of his new deal. “I’ve been banging on [chief executive] Steve Gill’s door for a while asking for a new contract and when [coach] Daryl Powell came in he agreed I should have one.
“I’ve got a hunger and thirst to keep playing for Cas and I want to repay the faith that has been shown in me by the coaching staff at the club. It’s still a surreal feeling for me that I am playing for Castleford Tigers.”
He added: “When Daryl came in he said it was an even playing field – everyone will be given a chance and they have to take it.
“I know that I can’t put my feet up – I have to keep working hard to earn a spot in the team as there is strong competition for places. I have to keep on my toes and when Daryl gives me a chance I’ve got to take it.
“I’m happy that I’ve been given some game time and I know that there are still some kinks that I need to work out and I’ll be working extremely hard to improve my game.”
Powell said he has been “hugely impressed” with Clare.
He added: “He has a quality temperament and a good skill set to go with it. His try against Hull FC last week showed just how quick he is and there will no doubt be many more moments like that for James at Castleford.
“He needs to continue to work hard to achieve his full potential and I am delighted he has agreed to sign a new contract to achieve that potential with Castleford Tigers.”