New deal for Castleford forward

CASTLEFORD have agreed a two-year contract extension with prop Daniel Smith.

The 28-year-old has been with the Tigers since 2019, when he made a mid-season switch from Huddersfield, and is now under terms until 2023.

He has made 34 appearances for Castleford, five of which have come this year.

Smith’s two tries this term include one in the Challenge Cup quarter-final victory over Salford last time out.

“It’s a bit of a weight lifted off my shoulders. I always wanted to stay here,” he said.

“I’m glad we’ve got it done now and I can concentrate on winning something and hopefully keep playing well consistently.

“I’m just from down the road, I played all my amateur rugby at Lock Lane and finally found my way here and I love it.

“It means a lot for me to play for this club and hopefully this year we can try get some silverware. That would just top it all off.”

Smith says he is looking forward to working under Lee Radford, who will replace Daryl Powell as coach next season.

“Dan is a great ball-handling forward and fits into the mould that Castleford have within the middles,” said Radford.

“For a big bloke, he’s got really tidy skill and he has that balance in his game of when to play and when to go forward. I’m looking forward to working with him.”