Castleford Tigers: New-contract reward offsets season-ending injury blow for Gill

Kieran Gill who was injured scoring a try on his Castleford debut against St Helens.
Kieran Gill who was injured scoring a try on his Castleford debut against St Helens.
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Young centre Kieran Gill has agreed a new one-year contract with Castleford Tigers.

Gill’s new deal will see him stay with the Tigers until the end of 2018 with the club holding the option to extend his contract a further two years. The 21-year old, has impressed while spending time out on loan with Oldham Roughyeds this season, and made his Castleford Tigers debut last weekend against St Helens.

Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell.

Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell.

Unfortunately for the young centre, his debut for the Tigers will also be his last game of 2017 after he sustained a knee injury during the first half of the game, which will now see him sidelined for at least six months.

Gill said: “It is a dream come true really, I took a long route in getting here but I’ve made sure that I believed in myself and I’ve work hard. To be rewarded with a new contract is amazing and to be given a new deal for my hometown club who I grew up supporting is great.

“I must say thanks to all the coaching staff at Cas and also Oldham for helping me keep achieving and progressing as a young lad in this game. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else than Cas!”

Tigers coach Daryl Powell said: “Kieran Gill is a young player with loads of potential.

“He showed in his debut last weekend that he is a player with a really bright future ahead of him. He’s tall and athletic with a great skills set, he can play in the centre and on the wing and I am delighted that he has agreed to sign.”

Powell added: “He’s one of the next cabs off the rank and obviously it’s disappointing he’s got this injury but this gives him confidence that he can get back and get into our first team next year.”