Castleford Tigers: Captain Shenton pens three-year contract extension

Michael Shenton.
Michael Shenton.
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Castleford Tigers captain Michael Shenton has signed a three-year contract extension at Wheldon Road which could see him finish his career with his hometown club.

The England centre had 12 months left on his current deal but will now stay on until at least the end of the 2019 season.

Shenton, 29, has played all his football with Castleford apart from two seasons at St Helens in 2011 and 2012.

He returned to the club in 2013 and led them to the Challenge Cup final and best-ever Super League finish of fourth the following season.

He said: “I’m absolutely delighted.

“I’m really ambitious and excited to be part of this team.

“The new season looks special for us moving forward, and I’m really excited to stay here and finish my playing career at Castleford Tigers.

“I’m really enjoying my time here and we play a great style of rugby here that suits my game.

“It was an easy decision for me to extend my contract.”

Castleford coach Daryl Powell added: “Michael has been a massively important player for us in the two and half years I have been at the club.

“That’s not just in his game and the quality of it you see on the playing field but his leadership off the field and his influence in the group is hugely positive.

“It’s great news when someone who has that higher standing within the club wants to stay on a long-term deal.”