Castleford Tigers: Lynch extends Cas stay but injured Moors to miss big kick-off

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VETERAN PROP-FORWARD Andy Lynch has signed a one-year contract extension, keeping him at Castleford Tigers until the end of 2016.

Lynch, 35, rejoined Tigers one a two-year deal ahead of last season.

He began his Super League career at Castleford in 1999 and has also played for Bradford Bulls and Hull.

“I am really pleased to have extended my stay here for another 12 months at least,” said Lynch, who had a testimonial game against Bradford last weekend.

“I am happy with the way my rugby is going, so it was a simple decision.

“I am looking forward to linking up with the new players and we have showed some good signs in the two friendly games so far.

“I think there is lots of quality in the squad this year and I don’t see why we can’t have another strong campaign.”

Meanwhile, Tigers’ Samoan international forward Junior Moors – who joined the club in the close season – is set to miss the start of the Super League season.

“He has torn his hamstring,” coach Daryl Powell revealed of his new signing from Melbourne Storm.

“He is going to be potentially three or four weeks.

“Last week he was superb in practice.

“I was watching him thinking ‘wow – he is going to be a good player for us’ – then he pulled his hamstring.

“I am really looking forward to seeing him play. It is a bit of a blow for him.”

Tigers will also be without forwards Frankie Mariano and Lee Jewitt when they begin their league campaign at home to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on Sunday, February 8.

“They have both had operations, Frankie on his wrist and Lee on his groin,” Powell confirmed.

But Tigers captain and England international Michael Shenton is on course to feature against Wakefield, despite sitting out their two warm-up matches so far.

“He’s fine,” Powell said. “He had a bit of a problem with his back, but he trained [yesterday].

“It is great to get him back in. He has not trained consistently – he was with England and that restricted his pre-season to a great extent.”

Powell said he is not looking to sign a replacement for winger Kirk Dixon, who announced his retirement last week after undergoing surgery on a neck problem.