Castleford Tigers: New Holmes deal an elementary decision for club and player

Oliver Holmes.

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BACK-ROW FORWARD Oliver Holmes has signed a two-year contract extension which will keep him at Castleford Tigers until the end of 2016

The 21-year-old Normanton Knights product made his debut as a 17-year-old in April, 2010 and has played 73 Super League games.

Young player of the year in 2013, Holmes, who has scored two tries in nine appearances for the Tigers so far this year, said: “I’m happy with how I’m playing and that shows by being rewarded with the new contract.

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

“There are still bits of my game that I’m looking to improve and that’s what I’ll be working on in training. It’s the first time I’ve been in the situation where I’m playing in the last year of my contract. There was a bit of pressure on because I knew I had to play well otherwise the club might not renew my contract, but I was always confident I could perform well and earn the new deal.

“I wanted to get some good games under my belt at the start of the season and try and get a new deal sorted, so it’s all good that it’s happened now.

“I’ve got to push on now. I’m going to be giving it 110 per cent every week because that’s the player and person 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 that’s going to happen.”

Holmes added: “I’m into my fifth year with the club. It’s a little bit odd because a couple of years ago there were a lot of players who came through the academy and had to step up to the senior side quite early at 17 and 18 years old because we didn’t have a big squad. We benefitted in that situation and I’d like to say I’m quite experienced now.”

Coach Powell feels Holmes has a big career ahead of him. He said: “I am delighted an outstanding young player who has risen through the club’s development system has decided that his future lies with the Tigers. Oliver is a quality player and individual whose game is growing consistently and will continue to do so as he works so hard at his game.

“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.”

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