Castleford Tigers; York centre Minikin given chance to ‘achieve his potential’

Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell.
Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell.
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Castleford Tigers have signed Greg Minikin from York City Knights on a two year deal.

The 20-year old centre has been at York since 2012 and made his debut in the first team in 2013 against Catalans Dragons in the Challenge Cup. Good performances over the past two seasons have caught the eye of a few Super League clubs.

Minikin bagged 16 tries in 25 games last season for a York team that finished fourth in Kingstone Press League 1 and impressed St Helens captain, Jon Wilkin with him tipping Minikin to make it to Super League sooner rather than later.

Back in June, York coach and former Tigers player James Ford, praised Minikin: “He’s very athletic, well-balanced, strong and quick. He’s got a great work ethic and he improves every week. He’s got the tools to succeed at the top level if he continues learning and improving.”

On his move, Minikin said: “I’m really excited. I’ve always wanted to play professional Rugby League since I was a kid. Daryl (Powell, the Tigers coach) was a big part in me choosing the Tigers. I’ve heard nothing but good words about him as a coach and as a person. He’s very good at developing young players and I can’t wait to work with him.”

He added: “The club is on the up and came close to silverware in the last two years. It’s an exciting time to join with a new stadium on the horizon. The club is clearly growing and moving in the right direction.

“Michael Shenton is a class player. There are lots of experienced senior players here who I’m looking forward to developing under. Pre-season training is just around the corner and I’m really excited to get to know my new team-mates and embrace full-time training.”

Tigers head coach Powell said: “Greg is an outstanding prospect. I have been really impressed with his ability during his time at York. He is a naturally strong player with a great instinct for the game. I’m confident he will be a consistent Super League player in the near future, and I look forward to our coaching staff helping him achieve his potential.”