New deal for Holmes

Oliver Holmes has signed a new one-year contract with Castleford.

The Tigers backrower, who made his debut for the club in 2010, will enter his twelfth season at the Jungle after putting pen-to-paper last week.

Holmes was in the final year of his existing deal but the club exercised an option in his contract to extend his stay by another year.

The 28-year-old, who surpassed 200 appearances for Castleford during the 2020 campaign, is ready to move forward after a disappointing end to the season.

“It shows a lot of loyalty from both sides,” he said.

“They notified me early in the year they were going to take up that option. I’m really glad they did so and I wanted to be here from next year and beyond.”

The forward hopes the context of their season will provide motivation for 2021.

“You have to go in wanting to win every trophy and that’s what everyone wants at the club, but this year will add extra coal to the fire,” said Holmes.

“A lot of lads are in the last year of their contracts next season and they might even retire at the end. For those lads there’s a lot riding on this year and on the flip side we’ve had to play a couple of young lads who perhaps wouldn’t have played too much, but have been able to show they can play Super League.

“They’re getting more comfortable and confident out on the field and there are positives that have come from such a disappointing year.”

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