After fighting off NRL attention, Castleford Tigers have this morning confirmed that loose forward Adam Milner has penned a new three year deal with the reigning League Leaders’ Shield winners, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2021 season.
The 26-year-old has recently passed the 200 appearance mark for the club he has represented since starring for the Tigers academy and is viewed as something of a key player for Daryl Powell’s men while also being a potential England international in the not-too-distant future.
The fact that Castleford have been able to extend Milner’s deal is a testament to the club’s progress in recent years and, speaking of his new deal, the Wakefield-born forward outlined his delight at re-signing for the club. “I’m really pleased to have signed my new deal here with the Tigers. There has been a lot of negotiating this year and I’m so happy to be here for the next three years,” he told the club’s official website.
Over recent months, speculation has been rife that Milner – who made his Tigers debut in 2010 – would be moving to the NRL at the culmination of the 2018 campaign, something he further admitted. “It’s tempting when NRL clubs come in declaring their interest. Australia is sort of the big city lights. I sat down with my agent at the end of last season and we thought there was an opportunity to fulfil a boyhood dream of mine and go challenge myself in the NRL, but Cas have been good and have been very patient with me, and I’m really happy I have signed and got my future sorted here,” he explained.
The Tigers have already confirmed their top four position ahead of the league split, meaning the club will have four home games out of seven Super 8s fixtures as they aim to clinch a second Grand Final spot in as many years.