Castleford extend Cook’s stay

Matt Cook has signed a one-year extension with Castleford Tigers.

The forward, who has earned praise for his strong performances from the bench this season, has penned a new deal that will see him remain at Castleford until the end of 2018, while the club has the option to extend the deal by an additional year.

Cook started his career with Bradford Bulls in 2003, and remained at the club until 2010, when he joined Hull Kingston Rovers. He subsequently moved to London Broncos in 2012 before returning to West Yorkshire in 2015 following their relegation to the Championship.

“It feels really good to get my new deal nailed down,” said Cook.

“It’s been a tough year for the boys with all the injuries but to finish fifth was great for us. I’ve now got another two seasons to make sure I am around the club as I feel we’ll be challenging for silverware and it’s exciting times.”

Tigers head coach Daryl Powell added: “Matt Cook has shown at the end of the season his potential as a player is still growing. I expect him to be a big part of an outstanding pack over the coming seasons and I am delighted he has agreed to extend his contract.”