'Go-getter' Jacques O'Neill signs new deal with Castleford Tigers

Promising Castleford Tigers hooker Jacques O’Neill has agreed a one-year contract extension at Wheldon Road.
Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook of St Helens is tackled by Jacques ONeill, right, and Oliver Holmes of Castleford Tigers. (Isabel Pearce/SWpix.com)Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook of St Helens is tackled by Jacques ONeill, right, and Oliver Holmes of Castleford Tigers. (Isabel Pearce/SWpix.com)
Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook of St Helens is tackled by Jacques ONeill, right, and Oliver Holmes of Castleford Tigers. (Isabel Pearce/SWpix.com)

Cumbrian O’Neill, 21, has been a part of the club since he was 16 graduating through their scholarship and academy system.

He debuted last year, making a dozen Super League appearances and has played a further five times this season.

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“I wasn’t really looking anywhere else and I’m getting more and more game time too,” he said.

“I’ve been here since I was 16 and I’m delighted to have another year with Castleford.

“Hopefully, I will impress a lot and things go well, for both the club and me, that the next contract extension would be a long one.”

Castleford head Coach Daryl Powell said: “Jacques is a go-getter; he’s tough as they come and he can play a couple of positions.

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“I’ve been working hard with him to try and get him to play in the middle at 13 and he has taken to that really well, and as a hooker he is good as a backup to Paul McShane.

“He’s a developing player with a lot of work to do and he needs to make sure he continues to strive hard to achieve his potential.

“Attitude wise he is spot on; he gets after things, he needs to stay focused and I’m sure he will, and he will end up being an outstanding rugby league player.”