Castleford coach Daryl Powell has insisted the Tigers will do everything in their power to keep Adam Milner at the club – but admits it may be difficult if he wishes to fulfil his NRL ambitions.
League Express revealed recently that as many as four Australian clubs – including the likes of Wests and Canberra – are interested in signing Milner for 2019.
His contract with his hometown club expires at the end of this season; but Powell has reiterated to League Express he wants to keep him if possible.
He said: “Without a doubt. He’s a Cas boy who came through our system but if someone has an ambition to do something else – whether it be inside or outside of the game – his contract is up this year and if he decides to do that, we wish him well.
“He’s a great kid, he wears his heart on his sleeve and we know he loves playing here.. but we’ll see where that goes.”
Meanwhile, Powell has echoed the thoughts of Wakefield counterpart Chris Chester in calling for an urgent meeting between the coaches and referees to clarify the rules surrounding obstruction.
“It’s just confusing at the moment; it’s just gone back a couple of years to where we were two years ago,” he said.
“I’d like to think we’d get around a table and discuss it so that the coaches aren’t getting frustrated. Maybe some of the coaches will come out of those meetings realising that they can’t do certain things too.
“I think on and off Sky, looking at it. It’s like two different games; outside shoulder lines, some teams run them and the try we conceded at Hull recently gets disallowed every day of the week (on television).
“You can see Jamie Ellis gesticulate towards the touch-judge, and there’s him, an in-goal official and the referee.. but who’s looking for what? That was a try too, the Wakefield one (scored by Max Jowitt but then disallowed by the video referee) at our place – every day of the week.”