Castleford: Hometown boy signs contract with Tigers

Tom Holmes. PIC: Matthew Merrick
Tom Holmes. PIC: Matthew Merrick
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TEENAGER TOM Holmes has agreed a one-year contract extension, keeping him at Castleford Tigers for the 2016 season.

Holmes, 19, has come through Tigers’ academy system and made his first team debut in last month’s home win over Catalans Dragons.

The former Lock Lane youngster joined Tigers’ scholarship scheme at 15 and has been one of their stand-out players at every level since, captaining Castleford’s under-19’s side for the past two seasons.

“I’m absolutely over the moon,” Holmes said of his new deal.

“It’s a big weight off my shoulders knowing I’ll be here next year and I really can’t wait.

“Signing here was a no-brainer for me really, I love the players, the staff, the fans and this club.

“It’s a special place to be, it’s my hometown club and it’s where I want to be.”

Tigers coach Daryl Powell feels Holmes can mature into a regular member of Tigers’ Super League side.

“Tom is developing all the time as a young halfback and hooker,” Powell said.

“He made his debut this year coming off the bench against Catalan.

“And his temperament and ability to take the line on, as well as his toughness as a defender, mark him down as a player who could make an impact in Super League in the future.”

Head of youth, Pete Riding, reckons Holmes’ emergence is a boost for Tigers and their development system.

His new contract has been announced just two days after prop Will Maher signed a long-term deal, keeping him at Tigers until the end of the 2019 season.

“It’s great to see another Castleford lad commit himself to the club,” Riding said.

“Tom has worked exceptionally hard in all areas of his game to be given this opportunity.

“I am delighted he will be staying around for at least another year and look forward to seeing him continue to develop.”

Riding added: “Progressing players from academy to the Super League is necessary for any club to be successful and again the signing of Tom shows the importance Castleford Tigers place on providing a genuine pathway into the first team environment.”